Alabama Men’s Basketball Falls On The Road at No. 22 LSU, 90-76

(Courtesy: Alabama Athletics)
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BATON ROUGE, La. (Alabama Athletics) The Alabama men's basketball team fell short against No. 22 LSU, 90-76, on Wednesday night at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

The Tigers (16-4, 7-0 SEC) maintained their grasp on first place by claiming the league-best ninth straight win by using a strong first half performance which allowed them to hold and 18-point lead at intermission.

The Crimson Tide (12-8, 4-3) mounted a second half comeback and twice cut the lead to single digits but could not get any closer than nine points.

Alabama freshman Jaden Shackelford led the team with 21 points on 7-of-19 shooting from the field and career-high tying five three-pointers. It marked his third game of the season scoring 20 or more points. Junior Alex Reese tied his season-high of 17 points, sinking three treys and a pair of blocks. Sophomore Kira Lewis Jr. added 13 points, 11 of which came in the second half, and a game-high eight assists.

LSU was led by Emmitt Williams who finished with 23 points and 11 boards, along with Skylar Mays who notched 18 points on the night. Trendon Watford added 17 points and a game-high 15 boards.

Alabama will return to action on Saturday afternoon as it returns home to face the Arkansas Razorbacks. Tipoff is slated for 5 p.m. CT and will be televised on SEC Network.