Thursday , Feb , 01 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Alabama rallies late to edge LSU

Baton Rouge, LA (Sports Network) – Jermareo Davidson posted a game-high 31
points, as 19th-ranked Alabama came from behind to post a 73-70 win
over LSU at the Maravich Center.

Richard Hendrix posted 13 points for the Crimson Tide (16-5, 3-4 SEC), who
halted their two-game losing skid. Mykal Riley added 12 and Alonzo Gee
contributed 11 for the victors.

Glen Davis scored 15 points and dished out six assists for the Tigers (13-8,
2-5), who have dropped four straight. Tasmin Mitchell added 14 points and
Chris Johnson finished with 13. Garrett Temple also recorded six assists for

After a long climb back from an eight-point deficit, Riley hit a pair from the
line with 2:45 remaining to bring Alabama within 68-67. Davidson hit two from
the line with 45 seconds left for a 69-68 Crimson Tide lead, then Gee was
fouled on a coast-to-coast chance and sank his two free throws with 23 seconds
to play for a three-point advantage.

Under full court pressure on Alabama’s next possession, Johnson tipped one in
to make it 71-70, and after an LSU miss and rebound by the Tide, the Tigers
did not foul until 2.9 was left on the clock.

On the half-court inbound play, a long pass found Gee under the basket, but
his miss was followed up by Davidson’s emphatic slam at the buzzer for the
final bucket in a three-point win.

Gee’s easy lay-in with 6:51 played in the first half staked the Tide to a 15-8
lead, but LSU flipped the script and embarked on a 16-5 run capped by Mason’s
hit from underneath the basket with eight minutes remaining for a 24-20 lead.

Davis hit a spectacular off-balance bank shot from the right side with 2:58
left to give the Tigers a 32-28 advantage, and Temple laid one in off the
glass at the buzzer for a 38-34 halftime lead.

Ben Voogd’s jumper with 9:33 to play in the contest gave LSU a 62-54 lead,
their biggest of the half, before Alabama crept within two, 62-60, as Gee hit
another from the floor with 6:46 to play. The Tigers then stretched their
lead back to as much as six, but Alabama stuck with their opponents late.

Game Notes

Alabama leads the all-time series, 94-64…LSU forward Tack Minor did not play
because he is no longer enrolled at the university. The junior guard appeared
in 16 games this season, averaging 3.6 points per game…The Tigers shot a
scorching 64 percent from the floor in the first half (16-of-25), but only 42
percent (13-of-31) in the second half…Alabama made 12-of-21 from the field
and all six free throws to capture the win.