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.