Jan. 29, 2011
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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The University of Alabama men's basketball team continued its undefeated status at home this season with a 70-46 victory over LSU in front of a sellout crowd at Coleman Coliseum Saturday night.
Junior forward JaMychal Green led the way for Alabama (13-7, 5-1 SEC) with a 20-point and seven rebound performance. Sophomore forward Tony Mitchell added 12 points and four rebounds, while freshman guard Trevor Releford scored 10 points and handed out four assists. Sophomore guard Andrew Steele had a total of seven points in his most significant action of the season.
"I thought our defense really set the tone of the game," Alabama head coach Anthony Grant said. "In both halves our guys put together 40 minutes of the way we have to defend."
Alabama maintained its dominance inside the paint, outscoring LSU 43-16. The Tide's defense held the Tigers to 18 points below their season average (64.5 ppg). The win Saturday night was Alabama's eighth win in its last nine games.
"I'm proud of our guys," Grant added. "They remained patient and understood that our defense was carrying us early in the game and we knew that if we continued to defend that some opportunities would come open at the other end."
Mitchell added another electrifying dunk to his resume to give the Tide a quick 4-2 lead at the beginning of the game. After three quick lead changes, Alabama maintained the lead for the rest of the half after a layup by Releford at the 14:13 mark. Sophomore guard Ben Eblen recorded his first-career block against LSU's Andre Stringer. The Tide's largest lead of the first half came with just under a minute left, 29-20.
Leading 29-22 at the break, Alabama let LSU trim the lead to just three points thanks to a jumper by Matt Derenbecker at the 17:27 mark. Following that, the Tide were relentless defensively and ignited a 24-4 run that lasted over 10 minutes. Steele scored Alabama's first three-pointer of the game during that run. Alabama led by as many as 27 when freshman forward Jason Carter gave the Tide a 70-43 lead with 26 seconds left in the matchup.
Guiding the way for the Tigers was Stringer with 13 points and Derenbecker with 10 points.
Alabama has now won eight of its last 11 meetings against LSU (10-11, 2-4 SEC). The Tide is off to its first 5-1 start to SEC play since the 2004-05 season.
70 points has been a critical number for both the Tide during the Grant era. The team is 19-5 when scoring 70 or more points.
Alabama will return to Coleman Coliseum to face off against Mississippi State this Wednesday, Feb. 2. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. CT.