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Lewis's late 3 helps lift Alabama past Arizona, 76-73

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) Kira Lewis Jr. and Alabama made sure this one didn't slip away.

The freshman made a 3-pointer and two free throws over the final 13 seconds and the Crimson Tide held on for a 76-73 victory over Arizona on Sunday.

Lewis pulled up for the uncontested shot after the Tide (6-3), which had lost a big lead for the second straight game, worked most of the shot clock down. His teammates weren't surprised that the 5-star recruit made the big shot.

''I always have confidence in Kira shooting the ball, especially when he gets a good look like that,'' Alex Reese said. ''I feel like it's going to go in most of the time.''

Added Tevin Mack: ''He's a killer.''

Arizona didn't go away quietly even after that.

Brandon Randolph drained a 3 from the top of the key with seven seconds left to keep the Wildcats (7-3) alive. After a quick foul, John Petty made the second of two free throws to push the cushion back to three points, at 74-71. Justin Coleman, who started his college career at Alabama, made two free throws with 5 seconds left.

Lewis hit both his foul shots on the other end and an Arizona desperation heave from near midcourt fell well short.

Lewis finished with 20 points and made 4 of 5 3-pointers. Reese scored 15 points off the bench. Donta Hall added 13 points and nine rebounds and Mack scored 12.

Chase Jeter led Arizona with 19 points and nine rebounds. Rudolph scored 17 and Brandon Williams had 16.

Jeter said Alabama ''played harder than us.''

''We're a tough team but we need to be tough for 40 minutes of the game and try not to let ourselves get in that position in the first place,'' he said of the big deficit.

The Tide flirted with another collapse after watching a 19-point first-half lead evaporate. Georgia State had wiped out a 22-point deficit in the second half Tuesday night at Coleman Coliseum and won on a buzzer-beating 3-pointer.

''Terrific bounce-back victory,'' Alabama coach Avery Johnson said. ''Really exemplified the character of our team. I don't know that a lot of teams can come back and win after such a disappointing second half that we had in our last game, at home.''

Alabama had seven players score during a 23-2 run in the first half to build a 33-14 lead. The Wildcats trimmed it to 39-30 by halftime on Williams' 3-pointer and kept closing the gap to start the second.

BIG PICTURE

Arizona: Had three-game winning streak snapped. Only previous visit to the state of Alabama came in the NCAA Tournament in 1997 when the Wildcats went on to win the national title. Won 10 of its last 12 road nonconference games.

Alabama: Finished strong to avoid a repeat of the last game's ending. Got a much-needed win in its most high-profile nonconference game.

COLEMAN'S RETURN

Coleman spent two seasons at Alabama, starting 16 games, and arrived at Arizona after a season at Samford in Birmingham, Alabama. He got a warm reception during pregame introductions and heated up in the second half. Coleman had eight points, six assists and five rebounds.

''This kid is world-class,'' Alabama's Johnson said. ''Great attitude, hard worker. He shows a lot of class on a daily basis.''

DAZON INGRAM

Alabama guard Dazon Ingram had back spasms after battling for a loose ball late in the first half and didn't return.

UP NEXT

Arizona: Hosts Baylor on Saturday night.

Alabama: Has time off before facing Liberty on Dec. 18 in Huntsville, Alabama.

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Key Players
B. Williams
J. Petty
23 G
31.9 Min. Per Game 31.9
12.7 Pts. Per Game 12.7
2.3 Ast. Per Game 2.3
4.6 Reb. Per Game 4.6
36.7 Field Goal % 40.8
29.5 Three Point % 34.9
85.4 Free Throw % 71.4
  Justin Coleman missed 3-pt. jump shot 3.0
+ 1 Kira Lewis Jr. made 2nd of 2 free throws 3.0
+ 1 Kira Lewis Jr. made 1st of 2 free throws 3.0
  Personal foul on Justin Coleman 3.0
+ 1 Justin Coleman made 2nd of 2 free throws 5.0
+ 1 Justin Coleman made 1st of 2 free throws 5.0
  Personal foul on Kira Lewis Jr. 5.0
+ 1 John Petty made 2nd of 2 free throws 7.0
  John Petty missed 1st of 2 free throws 7.0
  Personal foul on Brandon Williams 7.0
+ 3 Brandon Randolph made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Justin Coleman 7.0
Team Stats
Points 73 76
Field Goals 29-70 (41.4%) 26-56 (46.4%)
3-Pointers 9-24 (37.5%) 8-19 (42.1%)
Free Throws 6-9 (66.7%) 16-28 (57.1%)
Total Rebounds 38 40
Offensive 11 10
Defensive 24 29
Team 3 1
Assists 10 11
Steals 6 5
Blocks 4 4
Turnovers 11 15
Fouls 19 14
Technicals 0 0
19 PTS, 9 REB
20 PTS, 2 REB, 1 AST
12T
away team logo Arizona 7-3 304373
home team logo Alabama 6-3 393776
Team Stats
away team logo Arizona 7-3 70.9 PPG 38.3 RPG 12.4 APG
home team logo Alabama 6-3 72.0 PPG 41.2 RPG 12.3 APG
Key Players
4
C. Jeter F 10.9 PPG 6.6 RPG 0.6 APG 57.4 FG%
2
K. Lewis Jr. G 13.5 PPG 2.6 RPG 2.9 APG 43.3 FG%
Top Scorers
C. Jeter F 19 PTS 9 REB 0 AST
K. Lewis Jr. G 20 PTS 2 REB 1 AST
41.4 FG% 46.4
37.5 3PT FG% 42.1
66.7 FT% 57.1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
C. Jeter 19 9 0 9/16 0/0 1/3 4 34 0 2 0 4 5
B. Randolph 17 2 3 7/20 3/9 0/0 1 30 2 0 2 1 1
B. Williams 16 4 1 6/11 4/7 0/0 2 31 0 0 0 0 4
J. Coleman 8 5 6 2/5 0/1 4/4 4 35 3 0 5 0 5
E. Akot 7 5 0 2/7 2/4 1/2 3 21 0 0 0 1 4
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
C. Jeter 19 9 0 9/16 0/0 1/3 4 34 0 2 0 4 5
B. Randolph 17 2 3 7/20 3/9 0/0 1 30 2 0 2 1 1
B. Williams 16 4 1 6/11 4/7 0/0 2 31 0 0 0 0 4
J. Coleman 8 5 6 2/5 0/1 4/4 4 35 3 0 5 0 5
E. Akot 7 5 0 2/7 2/4 1/2 3 21 0 0 0 1 4
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
R. Luther 4 6 0 2/6 0/2 0/0 1 19 1 1 2 4 2
I. Lee 2 0 0 1/2 0/0 0/0 1 5 0 0 2 0 0
D. Smith 0 4 0 0/3 0/1 0/0 3 23 0 1 0 1 3
A. Barcello 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
J. DesJardins - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Jones - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Weyand - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Spence - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Doutrive - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 73 35 10 29/70 9/24 6/9 19 200 6 4 11 11 24
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Lewis Jr. 20 2 1 7/13 4/5 2/4 2 30 1 0 3 0 2
D. Hall 13 9 0 3/4 0/0 7/9 2 25 0 0 0 2 7
T. Mack 12 6 0 4/10 2/5 2/3 1 22 0 1 2 2 4
D. Ingram 2 2 0 1/2 0/0 0/0 1 12 0 0 1 0 2
H. Jones 0 1 1 0/1 0/1 0/4 1 21 0 2 3 1 0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Lewis Jr. 20 2 1 7/13 4/5 2/4 2 30 1 0 3 0 2
D. Hall 13 9 0 3/4 0/0 7/9 2 25 0 0 0 2 7
T. Mack 12 6 0 4/10 2/5 2/3 1 22 0 1 2 2 4
D. Ingram 2 2 0 1/2 0/0 0/0 1 12 0 0 1 0 2
H. Jones 0 1 1 0/1 0/1 0/4 1 21 0 2 3 1 0
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Reese 15 8 3 5/9 2/3 3/3 3 27 2 0 3 3 5
G. Smith 8 3 1 4/6 0/0 0/1 1 17 0 1 1 2 1
J. Petty 4 6 4 1/8 0/4 2/4 2 32 1 0 2 0 6
A. Johnson Jr. 2 2 1 1/3 0/1 0/0 1 14 1 0 0 0 2
R. Norris - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Schaffer - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Giddens - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Barnes - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Wood - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Davis-Fleming - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 76 39 11 26/56 8/19 16/28 14 200 5 4 15 10 29