Miller’s 31 points, 7 3s lead No. 4 Alabama behind LSU 106-66

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) – Brandon Miller buried his first 3-pointer after 13 seconds into the game.

It was just the beginning of another eye-popping performance for both the Alabama No. 4 and the Crimson Tide’s newcomer star.

Miller finished with 31 points and had six of his team’s 20 3-pointers at halftime to lead Alabama to a 106-66 victory over LSU on Saturday in the most lopsided meeting in series history.

“He kind of started us off with those first 3 and had a barrage after that,” said Tide coach Nate Oats, calling it “one of the more efficient nights I’ve seen as a player.”

Miller, the nation’s highest-scoring freshman and a potential NBA lottery pick, brought LSU’s 22 first-half points alone to the Streaking Tide (15-2, 5-0 Southeastern Conference).

Alabama’s sixth straight win was all but certain well before the first trip back to the locker room against the collapsing Tigers (12-5, 1-4), becoming the biggest discrepancy in the series’ 189-game history .

At halftime, it was 59-22, just a point shy of the previous widest lead between Alabama and LSU. The Tide won 113-75 in the 1975-76 season.

“They have an elite team at both ends of the floor. They have explosive personnel in every position,” said LSU freshman coach Matt McMahon. “But at the end of the day, it was more thorough than I’ve ever seen or been through.”

Mark Sears, Rylan Griffen and Jahvon Quinerly each scored 12 points for Alabama. Quinerly did 4 of 8 3s. Nick Pringle added 10 points.

Miller also had nine rebounds in his 24 minutes.

LSU’s KJ Williams, whose 18.5-point average trailed only Miller in the SEC, scored 10. He picked up his fourth foul with 17 minutes to go and was 4 of 12 in shooting.

Miller extended his scoring advantage by making 11 of 16 shots and 7 of 11 3s, a team-season high that he had already shared with Sears. He went on the bench with 8 minutes to go and the reserve held the gap in the series record area.

At one point, Miller surpassed LSU 22-14 after scoring 10 straight Alabama points. That first shot from the tip of the key was a good way to get it going.

“I feel like when you really wake up, you’re locked in,” Miller said. “Not every shot will fall, so you have to play it and keep playing with your teammates and get a good win.”

The win left Alabama in sole possession of first place in the SEC after No. 5 Kentucky defeated Tennessee 63-56.

“I’m not necessarily going to call this a statement win,” Oats said. “I mean, we did a lot of 3s.”

BIG PICTURE

LSU: Had a terrible start to its first four-game regular season against SEC-ranked teams since Pete Maravich’s sophomore season (1967-68). In the Tigers’ fourth loss in a row, he made just 18 of 61 shots (30%).

Alabama: Possibly the hottest team in the country. The Tide is 5-0 in the SEC for the second time since 1987 and is also managing it in 2020-21. Every win during the current series has been in double digits, including Wednesday night’s 84-69 win over No. 15 Arkansas.

START 3s

Alabama hit 20 of 54 3s (37%), a shy of November’s season high against Jacksonville State. The Tide set an SEC record two years ago with a 105-75 win over the Tigers.

“We shot 54. A lot of teams don’t shoot 54 in a three or four game span,” Oats said. “So let’s keep taking them. If you have open shoot it here.”

NEXT

LSU hosted No. 21 Auburn on Wednesday night.

Alabama visits Vanderbilt Tuesday night.

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