Feb. 13, 2012
Player of the Game
Freshman Rodney Cooper played arguably his best game in the Crimson and White when it was needed most as he contributed a career-high 28 points. Twenty-two of his points came in the second as the Crimson Tide mounted a furious rally to nearly escape Baton Rouge with the shorthanded win. Cooper converted on 10 of his 19 attempts with three three-pointers. Defensively, he added a career-high five steals. During the 38 minutes he was on the court, he racked up an efficiency rating of 24 to tie for the fourth highest rating by a UA player this season. Additionally, his 28 points tied for the most by a UA player since Alonzo Gee scored 32 against Florida on Jan. 8, 2008.
Turning Point of the Game
While Alabama managed to pull within three points in the second half, its 16-point first-half deficit proved to be too much to fully overcome. LSU built up that lead with 10-2 run to close the half and held Alabama without a point for the final five minutes of the half.
Stat of the Game
Alabama's defense continued to generate offense with the Tide scoring 16 points as a result of LSU's turnovers with UA recording nine steals. In the last four games, UA has averaged 18.3 points per game or 27.4 percent of its points.
Without the services of its top four players, Alabama utilized 12 different lineups with many of the five-man combinations playing together for the first time this season. The combination of Levi Randolph, Rodney Cooper, Carl Engstrom, Charles Hankerson, Jr. and Ben Eblen were the most productive over the course of the game by outscoring LSU, 7-4, during the 3:57 there were on the court together. The starting five of Randolph, Cooper, Trevor Lacey, Nick Jacobs and Eblen spent the most time together at 15:13 and were outscored by LSU by a slim, 24-22, margin.
- Rodney Cooper's 28-point performance was the most by a UA player this season, the ninth 20-point performance by a Tide player this season and the first by a freshman.
- Cooper's five steals marked the fifth time this season a UA player has had five or more steals in a game this season.
- His three three-pointers also matched the most by a UA player this season.
- The loss was UA's first to the Tigers since Feb. 8, 2009, snapping a five-game win streak against LSU.
- Alabama outscored its second straight opponent in points off of turnovers.
- LSU became just the second team this season to outscore UA in the paint with a 32-26 advantage.
- Carl Engstrom matched a career high with four points. He set his career best in the previous game at Auburn.
- Nick Jacobs' 14 points were one shy of a career-high.
- Alabama's 43 second half points were its most in a second half this season.
- The Tide opened the second half with a 10-0 run, its 10th run of 10-0 or greater this season, and held LSU without a point for the first 5:07 of the second half.
- The contest was the first game this season in which they Tide has never led.
- LSU averaged 1.05 points per possession to become just the fifth opponent to score more than a point per possession against the Tide.
- LSU's 16-point lead tied for the third biggest by a UA opponent this season.
LSU +/- Report