Alabama Men’s Basketball Wins Fifth Straight, Defeats LSU 76-69 on the Road
The Alabama men’s basketball team (16-9, 7-6 Southeastern Conference) used a big second half to take down the LSU Tigers (16-10, 9-4 SEC) by a final score of 76-69 on Wednesday night at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center in Baton Rouge, La. Senior guard Retin Obasohan poured in a career-high 35 points on the night, becoming the 49th player in school history to score at least 1,000 points in a career in the process.
LSU held the lead for most of the first half after Alabama was in front for the opening five minutes. The Tide put up 29 shots in the period, 18 of which were from beyond the arc. However, Alabama made only five of those attempts. Obasohan totaled 12 points while both teams grabbed 18 rebounds, but the Tide committed seven turnovers and trailed 36-31 at the break.
Alabama evened the score at 36-36 in the first minute of the half but didn’t pull ahead until the 14:29 mark on a three-pointer by sophomore Justin Coleman. It was back-and-forth for the rest of the second period until 3:26 to play, when Arthur Edwards knocked down a trey to give the Tide the lead for good. Alabama scored 45 points after halftime, shooting 13-for-25 (52 percent) from the floor and converting 13 of its 16 free throw attempts.
Obasohan tallied 23 points in the second half alone. His 35 points for the game are the most since Trevor Releford scored 35 in a triple overtime contest at LSU on Feb. 23, 2013. Coleman added 21 points and Edwards chipped in 12.
Alabama returns home for its next game, hosting Mississippi State on Saturday, Feb. 20. The game is set for a 1:30 p.m. CT tip and will air live on the SEC Network.