Alabama defense shuts down LSU to clinch SEC Tournament title in dramatic final sequence
Alabama made one final defensive stop to win its first SEC Tournament title since 1991, beating LSU 80-79 in the championship game Sunday at Bridgestone Arena.
With 7.3 seconds remaining, LSU tried to in-bounds the ball from the baseline. Alabama guarded close enough that the Tigers had to call a timeout.
When LSU finally got the ball into play, the pass was over-shot to Trendon Watford, who retrieved it at mid-court and rushed a long 3-pointer. He guarded tightly by Herbert Jones, the SEC Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year.
The 3-point was short, the tip-in rimmed out and Alabama held on.
A few moments earlier, LSU took a 79-78 lead with 27.6 seconds remaining on Watford's basket in the paint, which drew a foul. He missed the free throw.
Alabama pulled down the rebound, raced up the court and got a layup by Herbert Jones, the SEC Player of the Year, to put the Crimson Tide ahead 80-79 with 19.8 seconds remaining.
Then the Crimson Tide got the final defensive stop to clinch the championship.
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