TUSCALOOSA — Still in search of a consistent offense, Alabama rebounded from its worst scoring performance of the year in beating LSU at home 60-57 on Saturday.
After falling Wednesday at Auburn 49-37, the Crimson Tide returned to Coleman Coliseum and managed the most points it had scored in nearly four weeks.
Saturday marked 43 years and two days since LSU’s Pete Maravich set the coliseum record by scoring 69 points. Neither team threatened that mark in this one, but Alabama didn’t suffer from a long scoring drought that had plagued the Tide most of the year.
“After the game at Auburn, we knew they would come out w i t h a great deal of energy,” LSU coach Johnny Jones said.
Nick Jacobs provided 15 points off the bench in only 19 minutes for Alabama (15-8, 7-3). He also blocked three blocked shots.
LSU (13-8, 4-6) had a chance late, as it sliced an Alabama lead down to 54-53. The Tide’s Trevor Lacey missed the front end of a oneand- one free throw opportunity, but Jacobs rebounded, and Alabama got the ball back to Lacey, who drew another foul. This time, Lacey made both free throws, and Alabama never led by fewer than three after that.
LSU had the ball in the closing seconds and trailed 60-57, but an Andre Stringer 3-pointer with four seconds left missed. After an Alabama turnover, LSU’s Anthony Hickey missed a 50-footer.
Johnny O’Bryant III had 22 points and 11 rebounds for LSU, but in the final five minutes, he managed only a dunk and two free throws.
Alabama started Moussa Gueye, Trevor Releford, Lacey, Levi Randolph and Rodney Cooper for the seventh straight game. ... This was just the Crimson Tide’s second home game in 2½ weeks. Alabama will play at Georgia on Tuesday.
Jacobs also the Tide in scoring against Tulane and Kentucky. ... Alabama made 4 of 10 from the foul line in the final minute.