Alabama Basketball rolls over LSU

The Alabama men's basketball team improved to 13-3 and 2-0 in Southeastern Conference play with a 69-53 win over the LSU Tigers before 14,425 fans Wednesday night in its SEC home opener at Coleman Coliseum. LSU drops to 11-5 and 1-1 in the SEC.

Sophomore guard Trevor Releford scored a game and season-high 20 points on 9-of-11 shooting, leading the Crimson Tide in scoring for the fourth time in the past five games. Junior forward Tony Mitchell recorded his ninth career double-double, and fifth of the season, with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Freshman guard Trevor Lacey added a career-high 10 rebounds to go along with six points.

Alabama held a 31-19 halftime lead after closing the first half on a 15-3 run. After LSU cut the lead to eight points early in the second half, the Tide used an 18-5 run to take a 58-37 lead and seize control of the game for good

Next up, the Tide travels to Starkville, Miss on Saturday, Jan. 14 to take on the Mississippi State Bulldogs. Tip-off is scheduled for 3 p.m.