No. 4 Alabama hands LSU 10th straight loss

Noah Clowney and Rylan Griffen scored 14 points each and No. 4 Alabama held off host LSU 79-69 on Saturday in Baton Rouge, La.Nimari Burnett and Mark Sears added 13 points each and Brandon Miller had 11 for the Crimson Tide (20-3, 10-0 Southeastern Conference).Derek Fountain scored a career-high 26 and Cam Hayes added 15 to lead the Tigers (12-11, 1-9), who lost their 10th straight.Fountain scored four points and Hayes made a 3-pointer as the Tigers climbed within 50-48 early in the second half.Miller converted a three-point play, but Justice Hill answered with a 3-pointer and LSU got within two points once more.Griffen made a 3-pointer and Jahvon Quinerly added a layup to give Alabama a 61-54 lead.Fountain made a free throw before Clowney scored five points to help the Tide open a 10-point lead midway through the half.K.J. Williams’ jumper got the Tigers within six, but Griffen made a 3-pointer and Sears made two 3-pointers as Alabama expanded the lead to 75-63.Hayes made two free throws and Fountain added a three-point play for just the Tigers’ second field goal in nearly nine minutes, trimming the lead to seven points with 2:56 left. But LSU scored just one more point.