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No. 25 Alabama squeaks by Texas-Arlington

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) Alabama did what it needed to to remain unbeaten.

Freshman Collin Sexton scored 29 points and No. 25 Alabama beat UT-Arlington 77-76 in a come-from-behind victory Tuesday night.

''By any stretch of the imagination it wasn't pretty, but we did whatever it took to win the game,'' Alabama coach Avery Johnson said.

Sexton scored the last five points for Alabama, including three free throws.

''Every time I step on the court I have to give it my all,'' Sexton said.

The Crimson Tide trailed the entire first half and took their first lead, 54-53, with 12:12 remaining on a 3-pointer by Avery Johnson Jr.

UT-Arlington (2-1) relied on Kevin Hervey offensively. He did not miss a shot in the first half and scored 15 of his 24 points. Erick Neal added 16 points and Link Kabadyundi had 11 points.

''I thought our guys played extremely hard,'' UT-Arlington coach Scott Cross said. ''They are well-coached, they play hard they have a little bit of everything - they have drivers, they have shooters and they've got big guys.''

Alabama shot 50.9 percent from the field and 62.5 percent from the free throw line. Donta Hall, John Petty and Johnson each finished with eight points.

UT-Arlington outrebounded Alabama 33-28. Both teams scored 28 points in the paint.

The Crimson Tide had entered the AP rankings for the first time this week, marking their first appearance since the week of Dec. 17, 2011.

BIG PICTURE

Alabama: Led in offensive production by a strong freshman class, this is the first time since the 2012-13 season the Crimson Tide have started 4-0.

UT-Arlington: Shot 62.5 percent from the field in the first half to take a 46-41 halftime lead and dropped to 36.4 percent in the second half.

HIGHLIGHT REEL

Hall had an impressive dunk with 4:12 remaining to give the Crimson Tide a 72-65 lead, its largest of the game.

ROLE PLAYER

Alabama freshman Herb Jones came off of the bench to finish with nine rebounds, including the final board of the game as time expired. He had seven points, four steals and three assists. He also took four charges.

UP NEXT

Alabama looks to increase its win streak Friday against BYU in the Barclays Center Classic.

UT-Arlington plays its first home game since its Nov. 11 season opener, facing Western Carolina on Friday.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
  Defensive rebound by Herbert Jones 0.0
  Erick Neal missed fade-away jump shot 1.0
  5-second inbounding violation turnover on Herbert Jones 19.0
+ 3 Erick Neal made 3-pt. jump shot 21.0
  Defensive rebound by Davion Turner 30.0
  Collin Sexton missed free throw 30.0
  Shooting foul on Erick Neal 30.0
+ 2 Collin Sexton made floating jump shot 30.0
  Defensive rebound by Herbert Jones 55.0
  Kevin Hervey missed dunk 57.0
  Offensive rebound by Kevin Hervey 1:00
Team Stats
Points 76 77
Field Goals 31-60 (51.7%) 27-53 (50.9%)
3-Pointers 10-21 (47.6%) 8-25 (32.0%)
Free Throws 4-7 (57.1%) 15-24 (62.5%)
Total Rebounds 33 28
Offensive 8 6
Defensive 22 20
Team 3 2
Assists 19 12
Steals 3 9
Blocks 1 4
Turnovers 18 14
Fouls 23 13
Technicals 1 1
24 PTS, 6 REB, 3 AST
29 PTS, 1 REB, 4 AST
12T
away team logo Texas-Arlington 2-1 463076
home team logo 25 Alabama 4-0 413677
Team Stats
away team logo Texas-Arlington 2-1 69.2 PPG 40.7 RPG 12.8 APG
home team logo 25 Alabama 4-0 72.0 PPG 41.2 RPG 12.3 APG
Key Players
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K. Hervey F PPG RPG APG FG%
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C. Sexton G PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
K. Hervey F 24 PTS 6 REB 3 AST
C. Sexton G 29 PTS 1 REB 4 AST
51.7 FG% 50.9
47.6 3PT FG% 32.0
57.1 FT% 62.5
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Hervey 24 6 3 9/14 4/5 2/2 3 32 1 0 4 2 4
E. Neal 16 2 12 6/16 4/6 0/0 2 37 0 0 5 1 1
K. Wilson 8 2 0 3/8 1/4 1/1 5 24 0 0 2 1 1
J. Hamilton 8 6 1 4/7 0/0 0/0 4 16 1 1 4 3 3
N. Hawkins 2 3 1 1/5 0/3 0/0 2 31 1 0 0 0 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Hervey 24 6 3 9/14 4/5 2/2 3 32 1 0 4 2 4
E. Neal 16 2 12 6/16 4/6 0/0 2 37 0 0 5 1 1
K. Wilson 8 2 0 3/8 1/4 1/1 5 24 0 0 2 1 1
J. Hamilton 8 6 1 4/7 0/0 0/0 4 16 1 1 4 3 3
N. Hawkins 2 3 1 1/5 0/3 0/0 2 31 1 0 0 0 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
L. Kabadyundi 11 3 0 5/5 0/0 1/4 1 16 0 0 1 1 2
D. Turner 7 5 1 3/5 1/3 0/0 1 18 0 0 1 0 5
M. Clarke 0 2 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 18 0 0 0 0 2
D. Bryant 0 1 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 4 8 0 0 1 0 1
J. Harris - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Muirhead - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Binzer - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Azore - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Castro - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Holland - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Huizenga - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 76 30 19 31/60 10/21 4/7 23 200 3 1 18 8 22
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
C. Sexton 29 1 4 8/15 2/6 11/14 2 32 2 0 1 1 0
D. Hall 8 5 0 4/4 0/0 0/0 2 22 0 2 2 1 4
J. Petty 8 2 2 3/11 2/10 0/0 1 32 1 0 4 1 1
D. Ingram 6 4 1 1/4 0/1 4/8 1 29 1 1 2 1 3
D. Giddens 4 1 0 2/3 0/0 0/0 1 11 0 1 0 1 0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
C. Sexton 29 1 4 8/15 2/6 11/14 2 32 2 0 1 1 0
D. Hall 8 5 0 4/4 0/0 0/0 2 22 0 2 2 1 4
J. Petty 8 2 2 3/11 2/10 0/0 1 32 1 0 4 1 1
D. Ingram 6 4 1 1/4 0/1 4/8 1 29 1 1 2 1 3
D. Giddens 4 1 0 2/3 0/0 0/0 1 11 0 1 0 1 0
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Johnson Jr. 8 1 1 3/7 2/4 0/0 1 13 0 0 1 0 1
H. Jones 7 9 3 3/3 1/1 0/0 4 34 4 0 4 0 9
R. Norris 5 3 1 2/4 1/2 0/0 0 15 1 0 0 1 2
G. Smith 2 0 0 1/1 0/0 0/2 1 9 0 0 0 0 0
A. Reese 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
L. Schaffer - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Davis - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Key - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Fuller - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 77 26 12 27/53 8/25 15/24 13 200 9 4 14 6 20