Jan. 27, 2010
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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Senior guard Mikhail Torrance's 10 point and 11 assist double-double paired with freshman forward Tony Mitchell's first career double-double consisting of 10 points and 10 rebounds, led the Alabama men's basketball team in a 57-38 victory over LSU, Wednesday at Coleman Coliseum.
The Tide completed the regular season sweep of the Tigers for the first time since 2006. It is Alabama's sixth straight win at home over LSU. With the win, Alabama improves to 13-7 (3-3 SEC) on the season while LSU falls to 9-11 (0-6).
"I thought our defense really created some opportunities for us," head basketball coach Anthony Grant said. "We were able to get some steals and the guys did a great job of making the extra pass and finding open guys and we're fortunate the shots went in. I thought our guys played extremely unselfish. I thought our defense was outstanding today."
Junior guard Charvez Davis was the spark for the Crimson Tide tonight, scoring a game-high 15 points on 5-of-7 shooting from behind the arc. Davis was just one point shy of his career-high 16 points that came against Jackson State earlier this season.
Neither team gained much of an edge in the first half as the lead changed nine times. LSU went on a 12-2 scoring run with six minutes remaining before the break to take the lead by six.
The Crimson Tide fought its way back with an 11-5 run of its own to lead 22-21 with 1:51 left in the first half. However, the Tigers would take a two-point lead, 25-23, to the locker rooms for halftime.
After LSU extended their lead to four points to open the second half, Alabama took control of the game.
Over the next 5:15, the Tide connected on a successful free throw and five consecutive three-point baskets to retake the lead by 12 points on a 16-0 run. LSU's Bo Spencer ended the drought for the Tigers with a two-point jumper.
Alabama continued its scoring run, pushing the lead out to 20 points with 5:47 remaining. The largest lead of the game by either squad belonged to Alabama with its 22-point advantage over LSU with 1:58 remaining.
Alabama's defense was one of the biggest differences in the game, holding LSU to just 14-of-48 (29.2%) from the field while Alabama shot 21-of-45 (46.7%). The Tigers became the seventh opponent in the past eight the Tide has faced that failed to shoot higher than 40 percent from the field.
The defense also controlled LSU in the passing game. The swarming Tide defense allowed just four assists while forcing the Tigers into 16 turnovers. On the other side of the ball, Alabama shared the ball often, tallying 19 assists on the night.
The Crimson Tide struggled shooting from beyond the arc in the first half making 2-of-7 (28.6%) but connected on 7-of-10 (70%) in the second half. The Tigers were limited to just 1-of-9 (11.1%). From the 16:18 mark in the second half when LSU led by three, Alabama would outscore the Tigers 32-9 over the remainder of the game.
Alabama travels to conference rival Auburn Saturday for its next game with tipoff set for 3:00 p.m.