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Donta Hall powers Alabama to 80-65 win over LSU

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) Donta Hall scored on alley-oops, converted 3-point plays and spent a fair amount of time elevating his mismatched sneakers well into the air for dunks.

Hall had 20 points and eight rebounds to power Alabama to an 80-65 win over LSU on Tuesday night. He played with a straw in his mouth for the second straight game and sported a crimson shoe on his right foot and a white one on his left ''just because.''

''Now I'm going to start wearing two different shoes every game,'' he said.

Hall spearheaded a 29-5 second-half run that turned a one-point game into a second straight lopsided win for the Crimson Tide (17-9, 8-5 Southeastern Conference).

The Tigers (14-11, 5-8) managed just one field goal in a span of 13-plus minutes.

Apparently the straw is a good luck charm for Hall.

Fresh from a double-double in a win over No. 18 Tennessee, he had three dunks, a layup and a 3-point play during one sequence in the big run. Hall left the game with more than seven minutes left to chants of his name after making 8 of 10 shots.

''Hall played a tremendous game,'' LSU coach Will Wade said. ''Just dunked everything. Looked like he was playing on a Nerf goal out there, some of those.''

Collin Sexton had 15 points and six assists for Alabama despite being limited by foul trouble. Fellow freshman John Petty made all three 3-point attempts and scored 11 points.

Braxton Key scored 12 points and grabbed seven rebounds.

''In the second half, we had about a seven- to 10-minute spurt there that was as good a basketball as we've played all year,'' Alabama coach Avery Johnson said.

Daryl Edwards led LSU with 21 points on 8-of-10 shooting. Skylar Mays had 13 points and nine rebounds.

LSU's own freshman star, Tremont Waters, made just 2 of 12 shots for five points. ''If we didn't slow him down, we were going to have a tough night,'' Johnson said.

Duop Reath also managed just five points after scoring 26 in a win over Mississippi.

Waters and Reath did contribute to a hot start in the second half to help the Tigers cut Alabama's lead to 45-44. It was all Tide after that.

Even with Sexton exiting with his fourth foul with 15:50 left, Alabama reeled off 10 straight points to start the decisive run. As Wade said, ''The floodgates opened.''

''Alabama really turned the screws up defensively,'' he said.

Alabama made 10 of 21 3-pointers and shot 55.1 percent (27 of 49) from the field.

BIG PICTURE

LSU: The Tigers won two of three games coming in but fell apart after starting the second half hot.

Alabama: The Crimson Tide won back to back games for the first time in three weeks, adding to a 78-50 romp over Tennessee. Despite some up-and-down performances, Alabama is building a solid NCAA Tournament resume.

TRIBUTE TO ANDY

Alabama's Johnson wore a red and blue tie in honor of Andy Kennedy, who announced his resignation - effective at the end of the season - as Mississippi's coach on Monday.

''This is a tough, tough job and Andy did it in a first-class way with a lot of character,'' the Tide coach said. ''He embraced me when I first arrived.''

UP NEXT

LSU hosts Missouri on Saturday.

Alabama visits Kentucky on Saturday.

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Key Players
T. Waters
D. Ingram
28.8 Min. Per Game 28.8
10.1 Pts. Per Game 10.1
2.8 Ast. Per Game 2.8
6.0 Reb. Per Game 6.0
39.9 Field Goal % 42.6
34.0 Three Point % 23.7
81.4 Free Throw % 72.0
+ 2 Daryl Edwards made layup 9.0
+ 2 Galin Smith made layup, assist by Avery Johnson Jr. 23.0
+ 1 Brandon Rachal made 2nd of 2 free throws 50.0
  Brandon Rachal missed 1st of 2 free throws 50.0
  Shooting foul on Herbert Jones 50.0
  Defensive rebound by Brandon Sampson 56.0
  Herbert Jones missed 3-pt. jump shot 58.0
+ 3 Daryl Edwards made 3-pt. jump shot 1:22
  Defensive rebound by Brandon Sampson 1:30
  Lawson Schaffer missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:32
+ 2 Daryl Edwards made layup, assist by Marshall Graves 2:03
Team Stats
Points 65 80
Field Goals 22-56 (39.3%) 27-49 (55.1%)
3-Pointers 9-23 (39.1%) 10-21 (47.6%)
Free Throws 12-17 (70.6%) 16-23 (69.6%)
Total Rebounds 33 32
Offensive 8 4
Defensive 23 28
Team 2 0
Assists 10 17
Steals 11 4
Blocks 3 4
Turnovers 14 14
Fouls 23 16
Technicals 0 0
21 PTS, 3 REB, 1 AST
20 PTS, 8 REB
12T
away team logo LSU 14-11 303565
home team logo Alabama 17-9 394180
Team Stats
away team logo LSU 14-11 77.5 PPG 35.6 RPG 14.2 APG
home team logo Alabama 17-9 73.4 PPG 38.8 RPG 12.9 APG
Key Players
5
D. Edwards G 6.8 PPG 1.5 RPG 1.2 APG 47.3 FG%
0
D. Hall F 11.4 PPG 7.0 RPG 0.6 APG 75.1 FG%
Top Scorers
D. Edwards G 21 PTS 3 REB 1 AST
D. Hall F 20 PTS 8 REB 0 AST
39.3 FG% 55.1
39.1 3PT FG% 47.6
70.6 FT% 69.6
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
D. Edwards 33 21 3 1 3 0 2 2 8/10 3/3 2/4 0 3
S. Mays 36 13 9 3 1 0 0 3 3/7 2/5 5/5 2 7
D. Reath 27 5 5 0 0 2 2 1 2/7 1/1 0/2 2 3
T. Waters 25 5 1 4 4 0 1 3 2/12 1/6 0/0 0 1
A. Epps 30 4 4 0 0 1 2 4 2/8 0/4 0/0 1 3
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
D. Edwards 33 21 3 1 3 0 2 2 8/10 3/3 2/4 0 3
S. Mays 36 13 9 3 1 0 0 3 3/7 2/5 5/5 2 7
D. Reath 27 5 5 0 0 2 2 1 2/7 1/1 0/2 2 3
T. Waters 25 5 1 4 4 0 1 3 2/12 1/6 0/0 0 1
A. Epps 30 4 4 0 0 1 2 4 2/8 0/4 0/0 1 3
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
R. Onwuasor 15 7 2 0 1 0 2 2 1/3 1/2 4/4 1 1
B. Sampson 16 5 4 1 1 0 3 3 2/3 1/2 0/0 0 4
B. Rachal 8 3 3 0 1 0 0 1 1/4 0/0 1/2 2 1
W. Sims 7 2 0 0 0 0 2 4 1/2 0/0 0/0 0 0
M. Graves 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
J. Combs - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Vial - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Alexander - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Kiir - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 65 31 10 11 3 14 23 22/56 9/23 12/17 8 23
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
D. Hall 25 20 8 0 2 2 1 1 8/10 0/0 4/7 2 6
C. Sexton 22 15 0 6 1 0 3 4 5/11 2/5 3/6 0 0
J. Petty 29 11 5 1 0 0 3 1 4/5 3/3 0/0 0 5
D. Ingram 25 7 2 3 0 0 0 0 2/5 2/3 1/2 0 2
D. Giddens 13 4 4 1 0 0 0 4 1/1 0/0 2/2 0 4
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
D. Hall 25 20 8 0 2 2 1 1 8/10 0/0 4/7 2 6
C. Sexton 22 15 0 6 1 0 3 4 5/11 2/5 3/6 0 0
J. Petty 29 11 5 1 0 0 3 1 4/5 3/3 0/0 0 5
D. Ingram 25 7 2 3 0 0 0 0 2/5 2/3 1/2 0 2
D. Giddens 13 4 4 1 0 0 0 4 1/1 0/0 2/2 0 4
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
B. Key 26 12 7 1 0 0 1 0 4/7 2/3 2/2 0 7
A. Reese 11 5 2 0 0 0 2 0 1/2 1/2 2/2 0 2
A. Johnson Jr. 15 2 0 2 0 0 1 2 0/2 0/1 2/2 0 0
H. Jones 22 2 4 3 1 1 1 4 1/4 0/3 0/0 2 2
G. Smith 8 2 0 0 0 1 1 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 0
L. Schaffer 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 0
T. Barnes 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
A. Davis - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Fuller - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 80 32 17 4 4 14 16 27/49 10/21 16/23 4 28