After a quick run to start the second half, LSU fell apart in an 80-65 loss at Alabama Tuesday night.
LSU trailed 39-30 at halftime but within the first 21/2 minutes of the second half cut the Crimson Tide lead to 45-44 on four-point play by Skylar Mays with 17:46 left.
The game flipped 90 seconds later when Mays missed a layup, and Duop Reath clanged a follow dunk. It led to an Alabama fastbreak and a Colin Sexton layup that ignited a 26-3 Crimson Tide blitz.
After that, LSU did virtually nothing. Alabama’s SEC-leading defense held the Tigers to shot 39.3 percent from the field and 39.1 percent from 3-point range.