Tigers top Tide in first triple overtime game at the PMAC
Jeff Palermo Reporting
How it happened: LSU trailed by ten points with just over two minutes to go in regulation, but scored the next 10 points to send the contest into its first overtime. The Tigers eventually pulled it out, 97-94, in triple overtime. LSU was able to win, despite Alabama’s Trevor Releford scoring a career-high 36 points.
Full stat sheet: Five players scored in double figures for the Tigers, Johnny O’Bryant led the way with 24 points and 10 rebounds. O’Bryant was quiet in the first half, but came up huge down the stretch in regulation and into the overtimes. Charles Carmouche had 20 points and 11 rebounds. Coach Johnny Jones put Carmouche on Releford after he scored 29 points and he slowed down the Alabama guard. It was also a bounce back performance for Carmouche, who only played three minutes against Tennessee last Tuesday.
Alabama nearly won in the 1st OT: It appeared the Crimson Tide had won in the final second of the first overtime. The Crimson Tide celebrated when an offensive putback went in, but the refs went to the monitor and ruled the clock expired before the tip-in.
String music: Andre Stringer didn’t score a single point in regulation, but hit three big three-pointers during the overtimes and finished with 10 points.
History in the PMAC: It’s hard to believe that before Saturday, the PMAC never hosted a men’s basketball game that took three overtimes to decide. LSU’s last triple-overtime game was in 1999, when they lost at Alabama.
Stats of the game: Carmouche had the most playing time as he was on the court for 54 minutes, before fouling out. O’Bryant was on the floor for 51 minutes. Maurice Carter was the last LSU player to play more than 50 minutes, as he played 54 minutes in the triple overtime loss to the Crimson Tide in 1999.
There were also nine ties and 16-lead changes in this game.
Up next: LSU is 7-and-7 in the SEC and can get above the .500 mark with a win on Wednesday at home against Arkansas. The Razorbacks have won just one game on the road, heading in Saturday night’s game against 5th ranked Florida.