No. 6 Alabama adds another SEC title, edges LSU at tourney

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Alabama players celebrate after beating LSU in the championship game of the NCAA college basketball Southeastern Conference Tournament Sunday, March 14, 2021, in Nashville, Tenn. Alabama won 80-79. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Herbert Jones drove for a go-ahead layup with 19.5 seconds and No. 6 Alabama won the Southeastern Conference Tournament for the first time since 1991, holding off a late flurry to edge LSU 80-79.

Coach Nate Oats and the Crimson Tide added to their regular-season title with a victory that should help Alabama at least match its highest seed ever in the NCAA Tournament.

It was No. 2 in both 1987 and 2002. Alabama won its seventh tournament title overall, second in the SEC only to Kentucky’s 31. Alabama is 24-6. LSU missed a couple of chances in the final seconds and fell to 18-9.

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