Inside the Box Score - at LSU

ROLLTIDEDOTCOM Andrew Steele matched a career high with 10 points at LSU.
Andrew Steele matched a career high with 10 points at LSU.

Feb. 18, 2011

Recap |  Box Score

Player of the Game
Andrew Steele appeared to back to 100 percent for the first time in more than a year with a season-high 30 minutes while matching a career high with 10 points. However, as is typically the case, many of Steele's contributions did not show up in the box score. During his 30 minutes on the court, Alabama outscored LSU by a 22-point margin. Additionally, his defensive pressure held the Tigers to 13-of-34 shooting (.382) and helped force 14 of the Tigers' 17 turnovers. When Steele wasn't on the court, LSU shot 7-of-13 from the floor.

Play of the Game
With 2:12 left in the contest, Alabama was nursing a six-point lead with the shot clock winding down to three seconds, when freshman Trevor Releford drove the lane and was fouled on his layup attempt. The shot fell and Releford sank the ensuing free throw to give the Tide a three-possession lead.

The three-point play was one of four that UA converted on in five attempts in the game.

Turning Point of the Game
Facing a five-point deficit with 6:30 to play in the first half, Alabama began to press on defense and the defensive pressure finally began to wear on the Tigers as UA closed the half on a 15-5 run. The momentum was swung thanks to a series in which the defense earned a five-second call, followed by an Andrew Steele three-pointer and an LSU shot-clock violation to give the Tide a seven-point swing in a little more than 1:30 of action. The Tide's defense had three deflections alone on the possession in which LSU couldn't find a shot in the allotted 35 seconds.

Stat of the Game
Alabama forced 17 turnovers and scored 30 points as a result, its second most of the season and most in SEC play. UA held a 30-5 advantage in points off turnovers, a season-high margin as well.

Top Lineup
Alabama used 15 different lineups with 11 of them outscoring or playing the Tigers even. The combination of JaMychal Green, Tony Mitchell, Trevor Releford, Charvez Davis and Andrew Steele was the most productive by outscoring LSU 12-3 during the five minutes they spent together on the court.

Additional Game Notes
- The win was UA’s 100th against the Tigers to make UA 100-66 all-time against LSU with its fourth straight win against the Tigers.
- LSU became the 16th team this season to score less than 60 points against the Tide.
- The win was Alabama’s 17th of the season, matching last season’s total.
- Alabama improved to 9-2 in SEC action this season, its best record through 11 games since the 2001-02 season. The Tide also improved to 6-1 against the Western Division.
- Senario Hillman’s one steal moved him into sole possession of second all-time at UA in steals with 169 career steals.
- Alabama outscored LSU in the paint by a 32-26 margin as no team has outscored UA in the paint this season.
- Alabama converted on 78.9 percent of its free throws and the squad is converting at a 77.6 percent clip in its last six games.
- The Tide had four dunks to up its season advantage in dunks to a 98-21 margin. Green had two to give him 30 on the season.
- Alabama turned the ball over on just 14.7 percent of its possessions, its second lowest average in SEC play and third lowest on the season.

LSU +/- Report
Steele  +22
Releford  +12
Green  +9
Davis  +6
Mitchell  +3
Hankerson  +2
Carter  +0
Hillman  -1
Eblen  -4