The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

Sports

March 13, 2014

Coleman leads LSU past Alabama, 68-56, in SEC

— ATLANTA (AP) — Louisiana State is willing to talk about its NCAA tournament chances. The Tigers know they must keep winning to bring others into that conversation.

Shavon Coleman scored 15 points on five 3-pointers and LSU preserved its slim NCAA hopes by beating Alabama 68-56 on Thursday in the second round of the SEC tournament.

Tim Quarterman had 12 points and Johnny O'Bryant added 11 for the Tigers, who pulled ahead with a 13-0 run in the first half. The Tigers shot 50 percent from the floor and beyond the arc (11 of 22).

LSU (19-12) likely needs to win the SEC tournament to make the NCAA field. The Tigers have an unimpressive RPI of 74, one spot behind Georgia, another NCAA longshot from the SEC.

"We need to string a few more (wins) together to make a significant step and put ourselves in the conversation," said LSU coach Johnny Jones.

LSU will play Kentucky in the SEC quarterfinals on Friday.

"When you see Kentucky, you always get amped up," said LSU's Anthony Hickey, a native of Hopkinsville, Ky.

LSU and Kentucky split two regular-season games, with the Tigers winning in Baton Rouge and losing 77-76 in overtime at Kentucky.

Trevor Releford and Shannon Hale both had 11 points to lead Alabama (13-19). Levi Randolph had 10.

Alabama coach Anthony Grant called the loss "a tough way to end our season."

"As a program, we're trying to get where we can compete for championships," Grant said. "I thought our guys all year long continued to fight. Unfortunately, the outcome, the results, weren't what we wanted them to be."

Jordan Mickey had nine points and a game-high 11 rebounds for LSU.

Alabama took a 21-18 lead on a 3-pointer by Randolph. LSU's Quarterman and O'Bryant scored back-to-back inside baskets, followed by Quarterman's 3-pointer, to launch the 13-0 run by the Tigers for a 31-21 lead.

Text Only
Sports
Photos


Poll

Which foreign crisis is the biggest threat to the security of the United States?

Russia-Ukraine
Israel-Palestine
Iraq
None of the above
     View Results
Facebook
AP Video
Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow Raw: Deadly Tornado Hits Virginia Campground Ohio State Marching Band Chief Fired After Probe Raw: Big Rig Stuck in Illinois Swamp
Twitter Updates
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Stocks
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Business Marquee