LSU beats Alabama 80-74 with 6 points in final 36 seconds

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Marcus Thornton's 27 points included a 3-point shot that broke a tie with 36 seconds left as LSU beat Alabama 80-74 on Wednesday.

The score was tied at 74 before Thornton's shot. He then made one foul shot and Chris Johnson, who had 11 points, 10 rebounds and seven blocked shots, made two more to complete the scoring.

Anthony Randolph led the Tigers (13-16, 6-9 SEC) with a career-high 29 points.

Richard Hendrix had 16 points and 13 rebounds for the Crimson Tide (15-15, 4-11). Demetrius Jemison added 14 points, Senario Hillman 12 and Alonzo Gee 10.

There were seven ties and six lead changes in the first half, which ended with Alabama ahead 44-37. LSU trailed from midway through the first half until Randolph hit a basket with 4:47 left in the game to put LSU ahead 70-68.

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