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RECAP: Alabama Completes Season Sweep of LSU

Alicia Devine - Bama Hoops Hype

TUSCALOOSA – Alabama completed its first two-game sweep of the season on Tuesday night in Coleman Coliseum. The Crimson Tide defeated LSU 80-65 to improve to 17-9 on the season and 8-5 in SEC play.

The home team was led by another strong performance by Donta Hall. After missing the first meeting with the Tigers, the junior center put together a dominant performance in the paint while showing off some of his athleticism to the NBA scouts that were present. Hall tied his career high with 20 points and shot 8-for-10 from the field. In his 25 minutes on the court, Alabama outscored LSU by 25. Hall also added eight rebounds, two blocks and two steals.

The Crimson Tide led throughout the game but got a scare when LSU came out firing in the second half. The Tide’s lead shrunk to just 1 point with 17:46 to go in the game. Less than two minutes later, Collin Sexton went out with his second personal foul and Alabama needed to respond.

And let me tell you something: Alabama responded.

The Tide went on a 21-3 run after Sexton went to the bench. The Tigers were lost on offense and Alabama was dominating in transition. The hosts led by as many as 25 points in the second half and filled a relatively small crowd with energy throughout the final 15 minutes.

As a team, Alabama shot 55.1 percent from the floor and 47.6 percent from beyond the arc. The Crimson Tide finished with 17 assists on 27 made shots. It was the fifth time this season the team had at least 17 assists.

Despite playing in foul trouble, Sexton finished second on the team in scoring. The freshman scored 15 points and tied a season-high with 6 assists in just 22 minutes on the court. It was just the fifth time this season he played less than 25 minutes.

John Petty found his shooting rhythm once again inside the friendly confines of Coleman Coliseum. The freshman made all three of his attempts from deep and finished with 11 points. It was his second straight game with at least three 3-pointers and his 14th game scoring in double figures this season.

Braxton Key came off the bench for the fifth consecutive game and finished with 12 points and 7 rebounds. He has averaged 11 points per game over the Tide’s last four games.

LSU (14-11, 5-8 SEC) was led by Daryl Edwards throughout the night. The junior guard scored a game-high 21 points on 80 percent shooting.

Alabama has now won two consecutive games for the first time in more than three weeks. The Crimson Tide will travel to Rupp Arena on Saturday, where they have not won since 2006. The game is scheduled to tip off at 1 p.m. CT and will be televised on CBS.

Caleb Turrentine is the editor for Bama Hoops Hype. You can follow him on Twitter for in-game updates at @BamaHoopsHype.

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