The University of Alabama men’s basketball team got its first road win in Southeastern Conference play with a 74-66 victory at LSU on Saturday night.
Sophomore guard Dazon Ingram led the Crimson Tide with 18 points and 10 rebounds, and Alabama finished with a 40-24 edge in rebounding as it turned up the defensive pressure in the second half.
It was also without junior forward Donta Hall, who had a surgical procedure on his wrist and is expected to miss approximately 10 days. He’s averaging 11.5 points and 7.2 rebounds, and leads the team in blocks with 39.
Regardless, the matchup freshman guards Collin Sexton and Tremont Waters took center stage.
Sexton fouled out with 23.7 remaining with 15 points (4-of-16 from the field) and seven rebounds, but also with nine turnovers.
Waters led the Tigers with 19 points and five assists.
A key moment may have been with 1:10 remaining when LSU coach Will Wade, who was upset about a call at the other end of the floor on the previous possession, was called for a technical foul. After Waters drained a long 3 to make it 66-61 with 1:10 remaining, he immediately got in an officials’ ear and may have bumped him on front of the LSU bench.
“I haven’t seen LSU fans this ticked off since Saban left the Dolphins” -Chris Stewart
— Will Elliott (@Will_Elliott22) January 14, 2018
Before LSU started fouling with 3:47 to go Alabama had attempted only six free throws in the game, making them all, while the Tigers were 15-for-19 at that point. The Tide finished 18-for-18.
Alabama (11-6, 3-2 SEC) led by two at halftime, and pulled ahead by 15 in the second half.
LSU (11-5, 2-2) was coming off an impressive 21-point win at Arkansas, and had won eight of its last 10 games.
Alabama hosts No. 22 Auburn, the only unbeaten team in SEC play, on Wednesday (7 p.m. ET, SEC Network).
This story will be updated.
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