Tigers win second straight

Brandon Bass scored 15 points and had 13 rebounds as LSU defeated Alabama 60-54 in a sloppy game dominated by turnovers and missed layups. <br><br> Alabama took a 48-47 lead with 3:24 to play on a layup by Kennedy Winston, but LSU responded with a 3-point shot from the corner by Antonio Hudson. The Tigers didn't give up the lead the rest of the way.

LSU's Jaime Lloreda also scored a double-double, finishing the game with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Hudson came off the bench and scored 10 points.

Winston, Alabama's leading scorer, scored 23 points and was 3-of-6 from behind the 3-point line. Antoine Pettway scored 12 points for the Crimson Tide.

Alabama's second leading scorer, Earnest Shelton, who had missed the last two games with a knee injury, played briefly wearing a brace on his right knee, but did not score.

LSU (14-4, 4-3 Southeastern Conference) took a 28-22 lead in an ugly first half, with the teams combining for 16 turnovers, 11 by Alabama. The Crimson Tide (11-7, 3-4) lost its third game in a row and managed to hit only 30 percent of its field goal attempts in the first half. The Tigers weren't much better at 32 percent.

The game was tied 15-15 with 4:34 to play in the half, when Hudson hit another key 3-pointer and the Tigers outscored Alabama 11-5 the rest of way to intermission.

Alabama came out sharper in the second half and tied the game at 32-32 with 16:24 to play. The two teams stayed close with the lead changing hands three times over the next 10 minutes, before the Tigers took the lead for good on Hudson's 3-pointer.

Both teams remained cold in the second half with Alabama shooting 38 percent for the game and LSU 33 percent.

The win gave LSU a sweep over Alabama for the season. The Tigers won 70-66 when the two teams met in Baton Rouge last month.

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