Alabama routs LSU in the first half, cruises in the second half to stay undefeated in the SEC

The SEC’s heavyweight delivered a technical knockout to his opponent earlier than the recreation was midway over.

Alabama buried LSU in a 37-point halftime gap Saturday by making 14 three-pointers in the first half, then cruised for the ultimate 20 minutes in Coleman Coliseum for a 106-66 win.

By the time the rout ended, Alabama had tried 54 three-pointers — tied for the second-most in SEC historical past. It made 20, the fourth-most in faculty historical past.

Alabama’s 40-point margin of victory was its largest in an SEC win since beating Auburn, 94-53, in 2005.

The ultimate outcome left little doubt the fourth-ranked Tide is the SEC’s group to beat because it sits atop the convention standings with an unblemished 5-0 file, with a case to be the nation’s greatest group when polls are up to date Monday.

Freshman Brandon Miller practically out-scored LSU by himself in the first half, netting 22 factors on 6-of-9 three-point capturing earlier than Alabama entered halftime with a 59-22 lead. It tried 33 three-pointers in the first half, with the ultimate desperation heave from half-court by Jaden Bradley banking off the backboard and into the basket as time expired.

Alabama gamers celebrated with Bradley as they walked to the locker room for the break, with their 14 made triples leaving the rebuilding Tigers with little shot of a second-half comeback.

Nate Oats turned to his bench for a lot of the second half and the three-point barrage subsided. Alabama began 1-of-14 after halftime, with Miller connecting on his ultimate make. He completed with 31 factors on 7-of-11 three-point capturing in a season-low 24 minutes.

But Alabama heated again up in the closing minutes, making 5 three-pointers in a row with lower than 5 minutes to play — the ultimate coming from walk-on Adam Cottrell. Walk-ons Delaney Heard and Jaden Quinerly launched two extra however missed in the closing 66 seconds.

Alabama’s 54 makes an attempt had been the most by a Division I group this season. They tied Arkansas’ 54 in a Dec. 30, 1998 win over North Texas as the most three-point makes an attempt in a regulation recreation in the SEC’s file guide, with Alabama’s 59 in a 2020 extra time loss at Auburn nonetheless standing as the convention’s file.

Saturday marked the second time this season Alabama reached 20 made three-pointers. He made 21 in a 42-point win over Jacksonville State in November, which was tied for the fourth-most in SEC historical past. Alabama owns the convention file of 23 makes in a 2021 street win at LSU.

The three-point capturing was not the extent of Alabama’s dominance over LSU. It out-rebounded the Tigers, 52-38, the Tide’s largest margin in an SEC recreation this season.

Alabama turned the ball over solely eight instances, the third time in the previous 4 video games it has saved its turnovers in the single digits. It had double-digit turnovers in all of its different video games this season.

Alabama made 80 p.c of its free throws (16-20), its third-highest price of the season. It held LSU to 29.5 p.c capturing from the area, the third-worst mark in opposition to Alabama this season, though the Tigers shot 38 p.c (8-of-21) on three pointers.

Miller was joined in scoring double digits by Mark Sears (12 factors), Rylan Griffen (12), Jahvon Quinerly (12) and Nick Pringle (10). Quinerly shot 4-of-8 on three-pointers, his most comprised of past the arc this season.

Alabama performs on the street twice subsequent week, at Vanderbilt on Tuesday night time and at Missouri subsequent Saturday.

This story will likely be up to date.

Mike Rodak is an Alabama beat reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @mikerodak.

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