The Alabama Crimson Tide men’s basketball team took on the LSU Tigers this past Saturday, March 2nd in Coleman Coliseum. The Tide ended up falling short, losing to the Tigers 74-69.

In this weeks game, the Tide’s John Petty led the team in with 23 points, including five 3-pointers. Donta Hall led in rebounds with 10 overall, and Herbert Jones led the team with five assists.

On the other side, LSU’s Skylar Mays led his team with an equally impressive 20 points, Naz Reid led with 13 rebounds and Javonte Smart led the Tigers with three assists.

The Crimson Tide started the game at a somewhat slow pace, falling behind by as many as 11 points in the first half. With a little over 11 seconds remaining, they were able to climb to a six-point lead over the Tigers.

By halftime, the score was 29-28, with LSU in the lead. In the second half, the two teams went back and forth with the lead, neither ever getting a significant leg up on the other.

By the end of the game, the Tide had racked up 20 team fouls in comparison to the Tigers’ 23, 13 turnovers to the Tigers’ 11, and 11 assists which tied with LSU.

A win in this game would have significantly boosted the chances of an NCAA tournament for the Crimson Tide.

“Our defense just wasn’t good enough in the second half to overall win the game. We just had too many breakdowns.” says Alabama head coach Avery Johnson, who went on to say his boys “played with a lot of heart.”

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