Records fell and the state of Alabama prospered on Wednesday night in SEC basketball.
The red hot Alabama Crimson Tide kept rolling with a 76-69 victory over the LSU Tigers. The Bayou Bengals actually controlled much of the first half, taking a lead at the 13 minute mark that it would hold the rest of the period. A pair of Ben Simmons field goals in the waning seconds gave LSU a 36-31 lead at the break. The Tigers held the lead about five minutes into the second half, but that was when Alabama caught up and made it a tight game. After it got to a tie at 62 all with four minutes to go, Bama executed a 9-1 run to make it 71-63 with a minute and a half left. The Tigers fought hard to come back from there, but Justin Coleman and Retin Obasohan made enough free throws in the final minute to keep them at bay.
Obasohan logged a career high 35 points for the Tide, while Coleman had 21 points and Riley Norris had 16 rebounds. Craig Victor put in 21 before fouling out late, and Simmons scored 20 with ten boards. LSU would've had a better chance at winning with better shooting. The Tigers shot 39% to Bama's 46% from the field, and they missed 15 of their 35 free throws as well.
In the evening's other action, the Auburn Tigers won a wild shootout with the Arkansas Razorbacks 90-86. Neither team led by more than five in the first half as the teams played to a 46-all tie before intermission. The Hogs were able to prosper a bit more than that early in the second half, running up as much as a seven point lead at 61-54 at the 13:21 mark. It wasn't until 2:37 to go that the Tigers finally got another lead on a TJ Lang triple. Bryce Brown nailed a three pointer with 1:18 to go to give AU a five point advantage, and four Cinmeon Bowers free throws in the final 33 seconds iced the game.
Brown had a career high 27 points, which were notable for how he collected them. He made nine three point shots to compose all of those points, hitting then on 14 attempts. Bowers had 14 points, ten boards, and six assists as well. On the other side, Anthlon Bell had 21, Moses Kingsley had 20 and ten, and Jabril Durham had 12 points and ten assists.
Both road teams won on the same day that I published a post about how rotten SEC teams have been on the road. You're welcome, Alabama and Auburn fans, and I'm sorry, LSU and Arkansas fans.