Wednesday , Feb , 23 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Tigers roll Tide

Baton Rouge, LA (Sports Network) – Ross Nelter’s tip-in as time expired lifted
LSU to a dramatic win over 16th-ranked Alabama, 61-59, in a wild SEC matchup
at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

Tack Minor paced LSU with 16 points. Brandon Bass added 15 while Darrel
Mitchell chipped in 13 for the Tigers (16-8, 9-4 SEC), who have won three
straight and in the process strengthened their case for an at-large bid in the
NCAA Tournament. Glen Davis contributed 11 in the win.

Kennedy Winston paced the Crimson Tide with 22 points. Jean Felix added 12
while Chuck Davis netted 10 for Alabama (21-5, 10-3 SEC), which had its four-
game winning streak snapped and could have captured the SEC West division with
a win.

Trailing 59-56 late, Winston banked home a three-pointer to knot the game at
59-59 with 12 seconds remaining in the contest. However, it was just enough
time for LSU to pull off the upset.

The Tigers elected not to call a timeout following Winston’s bucket and the
ball managed to get in Bass’ hands just inside the three-point line. The
sophomore forward, feeling the game clock was winding down, attempted an off-
balanced fadeaway that bounced high off the rim.

However, Nelter, who was not boxed out on the shot, snuck inside the lane and
tipped-in the miss as time expired, sending the LSU faithful into a frenzy.

The home team wasted little time racing out to a 20-7 lead on Minor’s layup
with under 14 minutes left in the first half.

However, Alabama responded with a 23-8 burst to close the stanza, turning a
13-point deficit into a two-point edge. Bass’ layup capped the flurry, staking
the Tigers to a slim it 30-28 edge as both teams headed into the locker room.
Winston accounted for nine points, including seven straight during the run.

The Crimson Tide looked to gain some breathing room in the second half.
Felix’s three-pointer staked Alabama to a 43-39 cushion with under 13 minutes
remaining in the contest.

LSU, though, responded with a 16-5 flurry to turn a four-point deficit into a
seven-point advantage. Minor’s layup ignited the spurt and Glen Davis’ free
throw capped it, staking the Tigers to a 55-48 lead with 4:56 remaining in the

Felix’s trey pulled the Crimson Tide within 55-54 with 1:35 to go. Hudson and
Bass then each sank 1-of-2 from the line, making it 57-54 with 44 seconds to
go before the frantic finish,

After Chuck Davis scored a quick bucket for the Tide, Bass followed with two
free throws for LSU, making it a 59-56 game before Winston’s clutch trey from
the top of the key tied it.