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Hall's double-double helps Alabama edge Rhode Island 68-64

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) When Alabama needed him most, Collin Sexton came to the rescue in the Crimson Tide's 68-64 victory over Rhode Island on Wednesday night.

Alabama's star point guard left the game around the seven-minute mark of the first half after being poked in the eye while bringing the ball up the court. Sexton went to the locker room with a towel over his eye, and did not return until there was about six minutes left in the game.

When Sexton finally returned, he drained an important 3-point basket and made two clutch free throws that extended Alabama's lead to three with under a minute remaining. Coupled with more free throws by Dazon Ingram, it was just enough to hold off the Rams.

Donta Hall had 13 points and 14 rebounds to lead Alabama (7-2). John Petty and Daniel Giddens added 12 points apiece for the Crimson Tide, who used its post players to compensate for the loss of Sexton for the majority of the game. Sexton finished with 11 points and Ingram had 10 points and 14 rebounds.

''If one player goes down, everyone has to step up,'' Petty said. ''We just kept the intensity when he (Sexton) went out, and kept pushing it until he came back.''

Jarvis Garrett scored 18 points to lead Rhode Island (5-3).

The Crimson Tide found its scoring by dumping the ball into the paint, and big men Hall and Giddens rewarded them with efficiency around the rim. Hall made 3 of 6 shots from the floor and Giddens was 5-of-9 shooting. Hall entered the game leading the nation with a 78 percent field-goal percentage.

''Staying out of foul trouble, honestly, has been the biggest thing for me at the beginning of the season,'' Giddens said. ''I knew what I was capable of doing in the post, not only this game, but throughout the season.''

Alabama won the battle on the glass 50-31, and finished with a 17-rebound advantage on the defensive end.

''We did, probably, as good of a job as we have done all year with everybody going to the defensive glass tonight,'' Alabama coach Avery Johnson said.

The Crimson Tide held URI to 25 points in the first half, and the Rams converted on just 26 percent of their shots in the first 20 minutes. That number got much better in the second half, as URI shot 47 percent to close the game.

''You saw a team that scrambled and covered for each other,'' Johnson said. ''Obviously, they took charges and rebounded. They didn't get into our paint as easily as some of the other teams that have gotten in the paint on us.''

URI was able to stay in the game despite poor shooting by forcing Alabama into 24 giveaways, which the Rams used to score 26 points.

''They are a little loose with the ball,'' Rhode Island coach Dan Hurley said. ''They are young players, and we knew they would turn it over a lot. We just didn't think that we would botch as many open-court opportunities as we did.''

BIG PICTURE

Alabama: Won the final non-conference game played at Coleman Coliseum this season. The Crimson Tide finished its non-conference schedule with a 5-1 record in Tuscaloosa.

Rhode Island: Struggled shooting the ball on offense, but also had trouble stopping Alabama from scoring inside. The Rams have lost both of their true road games this season.

FRESHMAN STANDOUT

John Petty finished with 12 points, and took on some of the ball-handling duties while Sexton was out of the game. His four assists against the Rams matches his career high.

''I was just trying to put myself in the best position, and be aggressive,'' Petty said. ''I saw that I had a mismatch. With me, I always know I'm going to make the right play. I saw the mismatch, so I just went to the goal aggressively and got fouls, and put my team in the best position to win.''

SEXTON UPDATE

Johnson said that Sexton could not see out of his eye when he was first taken to the locker room, and he noticed blood on the top part of his eye. Sexton returned late in the game when he regained some of his vision and was cleared by a trainer. Johnson said he will be examined again before making the trip to Arizona.

UP NEXT

Alabama travels to Tuscon, Arizona to take on the Wildcats on Saturday.

Rhode Island begins a five-game home stand on Dec. 16 against the College of Charleston.

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Key Players
J. Dowtin
C. Sexton
30.7 Min. Per Game 30.7
22.1 Pts. Per Game 22.1
4.0 Ast. Per Game 4.0
4.0 Reb. Per Game 4.0
32.7 Field Goal % 48.1
25.0 Three Point % 46.4
60.0 Free Throw % 71.6
  Defensive rebound by Alabama 0.0
  Jared Terrell missed 3-pt. jump shot 1.0
+ 1 Dazon Ingram made 2nd of 2 free throws 6.0
+ 1 Dazon Ingram made 1st of 2 free throws 6.0
  Personal foul on Nicola Akele 10.0
+ 1 Jeff Dowtin made 2nd of 2 free throws 10.0
  Jeff Dowtin missed 1st of 2 free throws 10.0
  Personal foul on Herbert Jones 10.0
+ 1 Dazon Ingram made 2nd of 2 free throws 15.0
  Dazon Ingram missed 1st of 2 free throws 15.0
  Personal foul on Nicola Akele 15.0
Team Stats
Points 64 68
Field Goals 25-71 (35.2%) 21-47 (44.7%)
3-Pointers 7-23 (30.4%) 2-11 (18.2%)
Free Throws 7-11 (63.6%) 24-39 (61.5%)
Total Rebounds 31 50
Offensive 7 11
Defensive 19 34
Team 5 5
Assists 7 10
Steals 13 4
Blocks 6 5
Turnovers 12 24
Fouls 29 16
Technicals 2 0
18 PTS, 3 REB
13 PTS, 14 REB, 2 AST
12T
away team logo Rhode Island 5-3 253964
home team logo Alabama 7-2 323668
Team Stats
away team logo Rhode Island 5-3 76.0 PPG 37.1 RPG 15.3 APG
home team logo Alabama 7-2 72.3 PPG 38.4 RPG 12.7 APG
Key Players
1
J. Garrett G 5.3 PPG 2.4 RPG 2.3 APG 40.6 FG%
0
D. Hall F 10.6 PPG 6.6 RPG 0.6 APG 72.6 FG%
Top Scorers
J. Garrett G 18 PTS 3 REB 0 AST
D. Hall F 13 PTS 14 REB 2 AST
35.2 FG% 44.7
30.4 3PT FG% 18.2
63.6 FT% 61.5
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
J. Garrett 36 18 3 0 4 0 4 2 6/13 3/7 3/3 1 2
S. Robinson 30 11 4 2 4 1 0 5 4/12 1/3 2/2 0 4
J. Terrell 29 9 1 2 1 0 3 4 4/13 1/6 0/0 0 1
J. Dowtin 32 6 1 2 1 1 1 4 2/11 1/3 1/4 0 1
A. Berry 16 0 4 1 0 1 2 1 0/2 0/0 0/0 0 4
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
J. Garrett 36 18 3 0 4 0 4 2 6/13 3/7 3/3 1 2
S. Robinson 30 11 4 2 4 1 0 5 4/12 1/3 2/2 0 4
J. Terrell 29 9 1 2 1 0 3 4 4/13 1/6 0/0 0 1
J. Dowtin 32 6 1 2 1 1 1 4 2/11 1/3 1/4 0 1
A. Berry 16 0 4 1 0 1 2 1 0/2 0/0 0/0 0 4
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
D. Russell 21 12 3 0 1 0 0 3 5/10 1/3 1/1 1 2
R. Preston 6 4 1 0 0 1 0 4 2/3 0/1 0/0 1 0
N. Akele 14 2 4 0 2 1 1 3 1/4 0/0 0/0 2 2
C. Langevine 16 2 5 0 0 1 1 3 1/3 0/0 0/1 2 3
E. Matthews - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Thompson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Layssard - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Tertsea - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Dadika - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Leviton - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 64 26 7 13 6 12 29 25/71 7/23 7/11 7 19
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
D. Hall 29 13 14 2 0 3 5 2 3/6 0/0 7/10 4 10
J. Petty 34 12 2 4 0 0 5 0 4/9 1/5 3/5 1 1
C. Sexton 17 11 4 0 1 0 3 0 3/7 1/2 4/6 0 4
D. Ingram 37 10 14 2 0 0 4 3 2/6 0/1 6/11 3 11
R. Norris 21 2 2 1 0 0 1 2 1/4 0/3 0/0 0 2
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
D. Hall 29 13 14 2 0 3 5 2 3/6 0/0 7/10 4 10
J. Petty 34 12 2 4 0 0 5 0 4/9 1/5 3/5 1 1
C. Sexton 17 11 4 0 1 0 3 0 3/7 1/2 4/6 0 4
D. Ingram 37 10 14 2 0 0 4 3 2/6 0/1 6/11 3 11
R. Norris 21 2 2 1 0 0 1 2 1/4 0/3 0/0 0 2
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
D. Giddens 17 12 6 0 1 2 2 2 5/9 0/0 2/3 3 3
A. Johnson Jr. 13 4 0 0 1 0 2 3 1/4 0/0 2/2 0 0
H. Jones 31 4 3 1 1 0 2 4 2/2 0/0 0/0 0 3
G. Smith 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/2 0 0
L. Schaffer - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Davis - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Key - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Fuller - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Reese - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 68 45 10 4 5 24 16 21/47 2/11 24/39 11 34