TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) -- With both teams shooting less than 40
percent from the field, LSU Coach John Brady said Saturday night's
LSU-Alabama game came down to which team could win the rebounding
battle and who could get to the free throw line.
LSU did both and defeated Alabama 60-54 in a sloppy game
dominated by turnovers and missed layups.
"We were able to get inside and when you throw the ball inside,
you can get to the foul line," Brady said.
LSU (14-4, 4-3 Southeastern Conference) outscored Alabama 24-9
from the free throw line and outrebounded the Crimson Tide 40-31.
Leading scorer for the Tigers was Brandon Bass, who scored 15
points and had 14 rebounds in the game that was dominated by
turnovers and missed layups. LSU's Jaime Lloreda also scored a
double-double, finishing the game with 14 points and 11 rebounds.
Hudson came off the bench and scored 10 points.
Alabama (11-7, 3-4) took a 48-47 lead with 3:24 to play on a
layup by Kennedy Winston, but LSU responded with a 3-point shot
from the corner by Antonio Hudson. The Tigers didn't give up the
lead the rest of the way.
Bass said getting the ball inside was definitely part of the
Tigers' game plan.
"Coach has been on me a lot about rebounding and I've been
trying to focus on it," Bass said.
Winston, Alabama's leading scorer, scored 23 points and was
3-of-6 from behind the 3-point line. Antoine Pettway scored 12
points for the Crimson Tide.
Alabama's second leading scorer, Earnest Shelton, who had missed
the last two games with a knee injury, played briefly wearing a
brace on his right knee, but did not score.
Alabama Coach Mark Gottfried said he didn't think Shelton was
ready to play.
"His five minutes were pretty unproductive," Gottfried said.
Shelton, who missed the only two shots he took, said he felt no
pain during his brief time back on the court.
LSU took a 28-22 lead in an ugly first half, with the teams
combining for 16 turnovers, 11 by Alabama. The Crimson Tide (11-7,
3-4) lost its third game in a row and lost back to back home games
for the first time since 1999.
Gottfried said the team has not been consistent on both ends of
"Today it was our defense. Our defense was good enough to win
the game," Gottfried said. "We just didn't make enough shots late
in the game, really throughout the game.
The game was tied 15-15 with 4:34 to play in the half, when
Hudson hit another key 3-pointer and the Tigers outscored Alabama
11-5 the rest of way to intermission.
Alabama came out sharper in the second half and tied the game at
32-32 with 16:24 to play. The two teams stayed close with the lead
changing hands three times over the next 10 minutes, before the
Tigers took the lead for good on Hudson's 3-pointer.
The win gave LSU a sweep over Alabama for the season. The Tigers
won 70-66 when the two teams met in Baton Rouge last month.