BATON ROUGE, La. — LSU basketball had a packed house at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center on Saturday night and brought the energy to match the raucous atmosphere. But the big-game feeling wasn’t enough to buy the Tigers buckets as offensive struggles cost LSU in a 74-66 loss to Alabama.
The Tigers (11-5, 2-2 SEC) didn’t struggle to make shots in the second half so much as they struggled to even take them. LSU finished the second half with just 21 field goal attempts after taking 31 shots in the first half. The Tigers shot 11 field goals in the first 12 minutes of the second half.
3 Keys: Why Alabama beat LSU
- Too much size
The Crimson Tide (11-6, 3-2) had the height advantage at most spots on the floor and were able to exploit it on both offense and defense. Alabama completely dominated the boards, out-rebounding LSU by a 40-24 margin. It was a similar mismatch in the paint, where Alabama outscored LSU 36-24.
- Deeper bench
LSU struggled to find scoring outside of its starting 5, while Alabama was able to go 9-deep. The Crimson Tide bench outscored LSU’s 28-11.
- The drought
When Tremont Waters drilled a 3 while getting fouled with 11:05 left to cut the deficit to 51-43, it looked like the Tigers were poised to make a run. Instead, he missed the potential 4-point play opportunity and the LSU offense went to sleep. LSU did not make another field goal until a Skylar Mays steal led to a fast-break layup with 5:36 left to play.
LSU-Alabama box score
What’s next for LSU basketball?
The Tigers host Georgia (11-5, 2-3 SEC) at the PMAC at 6 p.m. CT Tuesday night.
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