After a quick run to start the second half, LSU fell apart in a 80-65 loss at Alabama on Tuesday night.
LSU was trailing 39-30 at halftime but the Tigers opened the second half with a fury and cut the lead down to 45-44 after a four-point play by Skylar Mays with 17:46 left.
Neither team scored over the next 90 seconds but the Tigers had two chances to take the lead from point-blank range but Mays missed a layup and Duop Reath missed a dunk.
Instead of taking the lead, it led into a fast break for Alabama point guard Collin Sexton and then the wheels came off for the Tigers.
Alabama went on a 26-3 run and held LSU with just one field goal between Mays’ four-point play and Randy Onwuasor hitting a pair of free throws with 5:43 remaining.
The Crimson Tide’s defense entered as perhaps the best in the SEC and they proved it once again against the Tigers. LSU shot 39.3 percent from the field and 39.1 percent from deep while Alabama was 55.1 percent overall and hit 10 3-pointers.
Hall’s impact: Alabama forward Donta Hall did not play in the first game between the Tide and the Tigers but quickly made his presence felt in this one.
Hall had several dunks and high-flying layups during the 26-3 run and finished with 20 points and eight rebounds for the Crimson Tide.
Player of the game: Daryl Edwards was the only thing going strong for the Tigers. Edwards has 21 points on 8-of-10 shooting. He made all three of his 3-pointers.
X-Factor: Hall. He was a force and LSU really didn’t have an answer for him.
Records: LSU (14-11, 5-8); Alabama (17-9, 8-5)
Up Next: The Tigers return to the Pete Maravich Assembly Center on Saturday afternoon when the Tigers host Missouri at 1 p.m. Missouri defeated Texas A&M 62-58 on Tuesday night in the game shown right before LSU-Alabama on SEC Network.