It was a record-setting first half for Alabama in the Crimson Tide's 90-72 win over LSU that Avery Johnson's squad rode to the win, which dropped LSU to 1-13 in SEC play.
51 points in the first half, in large part coming from Riley Norris, who had 15 of his 17 points in the first half, was an Alabama season-high in the first half.
LSU guard Antonio Blakeney racked up 28 points on 9-for-14 shooting in 25 minutes. In the first half, Johnny Jones sat the sophomore down though and limited him to just seven minutes, potentially sending a message about defense to the starting guard.
Alabama used a fast start from beyond the arc to get up 28-13 in the first 10:35 of the game as LSU struggled to do much of anything right.
Turnovers and, for the most part, poor defense were the name of the game for LSU. The Tigers had 10 first half turnovers before slowing that pace to finish with 15. Alabama went 9-for-18 from beyond the arc in the first half as the Tigers had no answer defensively. The Tide in the second half just made one three-pointer in the second half on seven attempts.
Guards Brandon Sampson (5) and Skylar Mays (3) had trouble at times not making the right plays with the ball. Five of their combined eight turnovers came in the first half.
Jones went deep into his bench as the Tigers played 13 players for four or more minutes and then got Reed Vial into the game for the final minute as well. Brian Bridgewater and Sampson tied for the lead in rebounds with six.
LSU returns to Baton Rouge to face Auburn on Tuesday at 6 p.m. CT. The Tigers fell at Auburn earlier this season, 78-74.