Baton Rouge, LA – The Crimson Tide (17-8, 9-2) overcame a furious start from the home standing Bengal Tigers (10-16, 2-9), but in the end it was a familiar finish for both teams.
Bama would win their ninth in league play; the Tigers would drop their ninth in a row.
JaMychal Green led all scorers with 18 to lead Alabama to a 67-56 win in the Pete Maravich Center on Thursday night. Bama point guard Trevor Releford continued his highlight reel of a freshman season, adding 15, including a floating dagger that sealed the deal with 2:12 to play.
Bama trailed the Tigers for much of the first half, but tied the game at 26 apiece on an Andrew Steele three pointer…a rarity for this team…at the 4:58 mark. After a Malcolm White foul and subsequent JaMychal Green foul shot late in the first, Alabama would not yield the lead again…though it would remain close until the final two minutes of play.
With the win Bama remains in command of the SEC Western division and remains tied with Florida for the overall lead in the league. They also remain a bubble team for an NCAA tournament bid.
Meanwhile LSU remains in a heated contest with Auburn (both sitting pretty at 2-9 in league play) as the most embarrassing team to take the court in the SEC. LSU will have the chance to settle the score with the tree huggers on March 5th.