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Alabama slows Trae Young, stuns No. 12 Oklahoma 80-73

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) Alabama coach Avery Johnson said he'll throw three or four different defensive looks at an opposing team during a typical game.

Oklahoma - and its freshman sensation Trae Young - got seven of them.

Not all of them worked, but most of them did. The result was one of Young's worst offensive games of the year and an 80-73 upset victory for the Crimson Tide over No. 12 Oklahoma on Saturday in the Big 12/SEC Challenge.

Alabama's own star freshman, Collin Sexton, scored 18 points. The 6-foot-3 guard was part of the waves of Crimson Tide defense that held Young to just 17 points on 6 of 17 shooting from the field.

It was only the second time this season Young - who came into the game leading the nation with more than 30 points per game - was held to fewer than 20 points.

The Sexton-Young showdown drew a packed crowd of more than 15,000 to Coleman Coliseum - not to mention more than a handful of NBA scouts. Johnson said he was pleased Sexton was able to focus, play well and not get distracted by the hype.

''I just told him to look at the clock every 10 minutes and see if Alabama is winning,'' Johnson said. ''If Alabama is winning, then you're being successful. If we're not winning, then you're not being successful.

''It's that simple. That took all the pressure away.''

Another Alabama freshman, Herbert Jones, added 14 points. Donta Hall had nine points, seven rebounds and eight blocked shots. The Crimson Tide (14-7) shot 55.6 percent from the field.

Oklahoma (15-5) trailed by six at halftime but rallied to take a 60-55 lead with 11 minutes remaining. Alabama responded with the next 13 points for a 68-60 advantage it wouldn't relinquish.

''We played a little more of a mature basketball game today,'' Johnson said. ''We were focused for a longer period of time.''

The Sexton-Young showdown took a little while to develop, though there were some good moments late in the first half.

Young needed more than 11 minutes to get free for his first basket on a 10-foot floater in the lane, but Sexton responded almost immediately with a 3-pointer. A few minutes later, Sexton's dunk in transition was followed by a Young 3-pointer 15 seconds later.

But Young couldn't find much room to operate. He got hot briefly during the second half, knocking down two quick 3-pointers, but was fairly quiet by his lofty standards. He had eight assists and five turnovers.

''This wasn't anything new,'' Young said. ''I've seen every type of defense. They just did a lot of different defenses throughout the game and threw different things at me. I've got to continue to make the right play and that's my main focus.''

Young's 17 points were his fewest since scoring 15 points in the season opener against Omaha.

''It's just like any other battle against anybody else,'' Sexton said. ''We just go out there and play hard. It's mental and physical because you've got to think and fight through screens.''

Khadeem Lattin led the Sooners with 18 points while Rashard Odomes added 15.

''The loose balls, the physical parts of the game, (Alabama) clearly won those battles,'' Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger said. ''We've got to get tougher. We've got to fight harder.''

BIG PICTURE

Oklahoma: The Sooners were coming off a huge win against Kansas but couldn't keep the momentum against Alabama's stingy defense. Young struggled to find open looks all afternoon, and the rest of Oklahoma's offense couldn't make up the difference.

Alabama: It's a really nice win for the Crimson Tide, which were reeling after a 12-point road loss to Ole Miss earlier this week. Sexton had a solid game for the Tide and the overall defense was impressive.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Oklahoma: It's hard to know what to make of the Sooners, but the trend is downward overall. They've lost four of seven since Jan. 6.

Alabama: Saturday's big win will draw the eye of some voters, but Alabama remains inconsistent. There are two more big opportunities ahead against Missouri and Florida.

UP NEXT

Oklahoma returns home to face Baylor on Tuesday night.

Alabama hosts Missouri on Wednesday night.

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Key Players
T. Young
11 G
D. Ingram
12 G
29.7 Min. Per Game 29.7
11.1 Pts. Per Game 11.1
3.2 Ast. Per Game 3.2
6.5 Reb. Per Game 6.5
44.7 Field Goal % 41.3
40.2 Three Point % 19.4
83.2 Free Throw % 74.4
+ 2 Rashard Odomes made dunk 2.0
  Offensive rebound by Rashard Odomes 0.0
  Brady Manek missed jump shot, blocked by Donta Hall 2.0
  Offensive rebound by Brady Manek 2.0
  Rashard Odomes missed layup, blocked by Donta Hall 4.0
  Defensive rebound by Brady Manek 25.0
  Donta Hall missed 2nd of 2 free throws 25.0
+ 1 Donta Hall made 1st of 2 free throws 25.0
  Personal foul on Khadeem Lattin 25.0
  Defensive rebound by Donta Hall 27.0
  Rashard Odomes missed layup, blocked by Donta Hall 29.0
Team Stats
Points 73 80
Field Goals 29-71 (40.8%) 30-54 (55.6%)
3-Pointers 8-27 (29.6%) 8-19 (42.1%)
Free Throws 7-9 (77.8%) 12-22 (54.5%)
Total Rebounds 38 37
Offensive 13 7
Defensive 23 28
Team 2 2
Assists 12 15
Steals 4 8
Blocks 3 12
Turnovers 12 17
Fouls 18 11
Technicals 0 0
18 PTS, 7 REB
18 PTS, 3 REB, 2 AST
12T
away team logo 12 Oklahoma 15-5 353873
home team logo Alabama 14-7 413980
Team Stats
away team logo 12 Oklahoma 15-5 71.3 PPG 41.1 RPG 12.6 APG
home team logo Alabama 14-7 72.0 PPG 41.2 RPG 12.3 APG
Key Players
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K. Lattin F PPG RPG APG FG%
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C. Sexton G PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
K. Lattin F 18 PTS 7 REB 0 AST
C. Sexton G 18 PTS 3 REB 2 AST
40.8 FG% 55.6
29.6 3PT FG% 42.1
77.8 FT% 54.5
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Lattin 18 7 0 8/11 0/0 2/2 3 28 1 2 0 4 3
T. Young 17 3 8 6/17 4/9 1/2 2 37 1 0 5 0 3
R. Odomes 15 7 1 6/12 0/0 3/4 2 23 1 0 0 4 3
B. Manek 12 9 2 5/13 1/7 1/1 3 28 0 0 1 4 5
C. James 8 6 0 3/9 2/7 0/0 4 32 1 0 2 1 5
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Lattin 18 7 0 8/11 0/0 2/2 3 28 1 2 0 4 3
T. Young 17 3 8 6/17 4/9 1/2 2 37 1 0 5 0 3
R. Odomes 15 7 1 6/12 0/0 3/4 2 23 1 0 0 4 3
B. Manek 12 9 2 5/13 1/7 1/1 3 28 0 0 1 4 5
C. James 8 6 0 3/9 2/7 0/0 4 32 1 0 2 1 5
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. McGusty 3 2 0 1/4 1/3 0/0 1 13 0 0 2 0 2
J. McNeace 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 2 9 0 1 1 0 0
K. Doolittle 0 2 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 8 0 0 0 0 2
M. Freeman 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0
J. Shepherd 0 0 1 0/2 0/1 0/0 1 12 0 0 1 0 0
T. Lazenby 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
H. Polla 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
M. Thorpe - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Geha - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Giles - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Streller - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 73 36 12 29/71 8/27 7/9 18 200 4 3 12 13 23
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
C. Sexton 18 3 2 8/14 1/4 1/2 3 32 0 0 3 0 3
B. Key 11 5 2 3/9 2/5 3/4 1 29 2 0 1 1 4
D. Hall 9 7 2 4/6 0/0 1/4 0 24 1 8 2 3 4
J. Petty 9 3 1 3/4 3/4 0/0 0 23 1 0 4 0 3
D. Ingram 8 3 3 2/4 1/1 3/4 3 25 1 0 1 0 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
C. Sexton 18 3 2 8/14 1/4 1/2 3 32 0 0 3 0 3
B. Key 11 5 2 3/9 2/5 3/4 1 29 2 0 1 1 4
D. Hall 9 7 2 4/6 0/0 1/4 0 24 1 8 2 3 4
J. Petty 9 3 1 3/4 3/4 0/0 0 23 1 0 4 0 3
D. Ingram 8 3 3 2/4 1/1 3/4 3 25 1 0 1 0 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
H. Jones 14 5 3 6/10 0/1 2/5 3 31 2 1 2 1 4
A. Johnson Jr. 4 0 0 1/2 0/1 2/2 0 8 0 0 1 0 0
D. Giddens 4 9 0 2/2 0/0 0/1 1 17 0 2 3 2 7
A. Reese 3 0 2 1/3 1/3 0/0 0 11 1 1 0 0 0
L. Schaffer - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Davis - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Fuller - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Smith - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Barnes - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 80 35 15 30/54 8/19 12/22 11 200 8 12 17 7 28