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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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Time Team Play Score
19:38   Offensive foul on Herbert Jones  
19:38   Turnover on Herbert Jones  
19:17   Chase Jeter missed jump shot  
19:15   Defensive rebound by Tevin Mack  
19:07   Tevin Mack missed jump shot  
19:05   Defensive rebound by Brandon Williams  
18:58   Emmanuel Akot missed layup  
18:56   Offensive rebound by Emmanuel Akot  
18:47   Emmanuel Akot missed layup  
18:45   Offensive rebound by Chase Jeter  
18:40 +2 Chase Jeter made layup 2-0
18:26   Kira Lewis Jr. missed jump shot  
18:24   Defensive rebound by Justin Coleman  
18:16   Brandon Williams missed 3-pt. jump shot  
18:14   Defensive rebound by Donta Hall  
18:04   Donta Hall missed hook shot  
18:02   Defensive rebound by Brandon Randolph  
17:48 +2 Chase Jeter made hook shot 4-0
17:32   Personal foul on Brandon Williams  
17:32 +1 Donta Hall made 1st of 2 free throws 4-1
17:32 +1 Donta Hall made 2nd of 2 free throws 4-2
17:16   Brandon Randolph missed 3-pt. jump shot  
17:14   Defensive rebound by Donta Hall  
17:06   Tevin Mack missed layup  
17:04   Offensive rebound by Tevin Mack  
16:58 +2 Tevin Mack made dunk 4-4
16:52   Chase Jeter missed hook shot  
16:50   Defensive rebound by Donta Hall  
16:45   Tevin Mack missed 3-pt. jump shot  
16:43   Defensive rebound by Justin Coleman  
16:34 +3 Brandon Williams made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Justin Coleman 7-4
16:07 +2 Kira Lewis Jr. made driving layup 7-6
15:51 +3 Emmanuel Akot made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Justin Coleman 10-6
15:13 +2 Alex Reese made floating jump shot 10-8
14:57   Bad pass turnover on Brandon Randolph, stolen by Alex Reese  
14:48 +2 Kira Lewis Jr. made layup, assist by Herbert Jones 10-10
14:32   Brandon Williams missed 3-pt. jump shot  
14:30   Offensive rebound by Ryan Luther  
14:25 +2 Ryan Luther made dunk 12-10
14:12   Personal foul on Dylan Smith  
14:12 +1 Donta Hall made 1st of 2 free throws 12-11
14:12 +1 Donta Hall made 2nd of 2 free throws 12-12
13:55   Ira Lee missed hook shot  
13:53   Defensive rebound by John Petty  
13:47 +3 Alex Reese made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Avery Johnson Jr. 12-15
13:35   Dylan Smith missed 3-pt. jump shot  
13:33   Defensive rebound by Avery Johnson Jr.  
13:16 +2 Galin Smith made layup, assist by Alex Reese 12-17
13:02   Bad pass turnover on Justin Coleman, stolen by Avery Johnson Jr.  
12:58 +2 Avery Johnson Jr. made layup 12-19
12:48   Traveling violation turnover on Ira Lee  
12:28   Traveling violation turnover on Galin Smith  
12:19   Bad pass turnover on Justin Coleman  
12:09   Personal foul on Ryan Luther  
11:56 +2 John Petty made driving layup 12-21
11:38 +2 Ira Lee made hook shot 14-21
11:12   Alex Reese missed hook shot  
11:10   Offensive rebound by Galin Smith  
11:04 +2 Galin Smith made dunk 14-23
10:54   Brandon Randolph missed jump shot  
10:52   Defensive rebound by John Petty  
10:40 +2 Galin Smith made hook shot 14-25
10:23   Emmanuel Akot missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:21   Defensive rebound by Dazon Ingram  
10:21   Personal foul on Chase Jeter  
10:05   John Petty missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:03   Defensive rebound by Justin Coleman  
9:55   Brandon Randolph missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:53   Defensive rebound by Dazon Ingram  
9:49 +2 Dazon Ingram made driving layup 14-27
9:27   Justin Coleman missed jump shot  
9:25   Defensive rebound by Galin Smith  
9:13 +3 Alex Reese made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by John Petty 14-30
9:03   Personal foul on Dazon Ingram  
8:55   Brandon Randolph missed layup  
8:53   Defensive rebound by Donta Hall  
8:39   John Petty missed layup  
8:37   Defensive rebound by Dylan Smith  
8:23   Emmanuel Akot missed floating jump shot  
8:21   Defensive rebound by John Petty  
8:13   John Petty missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:11   Defensive rebound by Dylan Smith  
8:01   Personal foul on John Petty  
7:47   Ryan Luther missed layup  
7:45   Defensive rebound by Tevin Mack  
7:40   Lost ball turnover on Dazon Ingram, stolen by Justin Coleman  
7:33   Personal foul on Kira Lewis Jr.  
7:29   Justin Coleman missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:27   Defensive rebound by Donta Hall  
7:05 +3 Tevin Mack made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Kira Lewis Jr. 14-33
6:38   Shooting foul on Donta Hall  
6:38   Chase Jeter missed 1st of 2 free throws  
6:38   Chase Jeter missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
6:38   Offensive rebound by Dylan Smith  
6:35   Chase Jeter missed jump shot  
6:33   Offensive rebound by Ryan Luther  
6:32 +2 Ryan Luther made layup 16-33
6:30   Shooting foul on Justin Coleman  
6:30   John Petty missed 1st of 2 free throws  
6:30 +1 John Petty made 2nd of 2 free throws 16-34
5:50 +2 Chase Jeter made hook shot 18-34
5:40   Offensive foul on Tevin Mack  
5:40   Turnover on Tevin Mack  
5:25   Brandon Randolph missed jump shot, blocked by Herbert Jones  
5:23   Offensive rebound by Arizona  
5:20 +2 Brandon Randolph made jump shot 20-34
5:11   Lost ball turnover on Herbert Jones, stolen by Brandon Randolph  
5:04 +2 Brandon Randolph made layup 22-34
4:55 +3 Kira Lewis Jr. made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Galin Smith 22-37
4:38   Dylan Smith missed layup, blocked by Herbert Jones  
4:36   Defensive rebound by Kira Lewis Jr.  
4:33   Lost ball turnover on Kira Lewis Jr.  
4:18 +3 Brandon Randolph made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Brandon Williams 25-37
3:58   Kira Lewis Jr. missed reverse layup  
3:56   Defensive rebound by Arizona  
3:45   Brandon Randolph missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:43   Defensive rebound by Avery Johnson Jr.  
3:37   Avery Johnson Jr. missed layup  
3:35   Defensive rebound by Brandon Williams  
3:29   Brandon Randolph missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:27   Defensive rebound by John Petty  
3:19   Alex Reese missed layup  
3:17   Offensive rebound by Galin Smith  
3:12 +2 Galin Smith made tip-in 25-39
3:04   Justin Coleman missed layup  
3:02   Defensive rebound by Alex Reese  
2:39   John Petty missed jump shot  
2:37   Defensive rebound by Chase Jeter  
2:31   Brandon Randolph missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:29   Defensive rebound by Alex Reese  
2:12   Avery Johnson Jr. missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:10   Defensive rebound by Emmanuel Akot  
1:59   Brandon Randolph missed floating jump shot  
1:57   Offensive rebound by Arizona  
1:43   Personal foul on Avery Johnson Jr.  
1:43 +1 Justin Coleman made 1st of 2 free throws 26-39
1:43 +1 Justin Coleman made 2nd of 2 free throws 27-39
1:16   John Petty missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:14   Defensive rebound by Justin Coleman  
1:07 +3 Brandon Williams made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Justin Coleman 30-39
38.0   Galin Smith missed hook shot  
36.0   Defensive rebound by Justin Coleman  
14.0   Dylan Smith missed jump shot  
12.0   Defensive rebound by Donta Hall  
1.0   Dazon Ingram missed jump shot, blocked by Dylan Smith  
0.0   Defensive rebound by Chase Jeter  
0.0   End of period  

Time Team Play Score
19:39 +2 Brandon Randolph made floating jump shot 32-39
19:14   Kira Lewis Jr. missed jump shot  
19:12   Defensive rebound by Chase Jeter  
19:06   Emmanuel Akot missed 3-pt. jump shot  
19:04   Defensive rebound by Kira Lewis Jr.  
19:04   Shooting foul on Brandon Randolph  
19:04   Herbert Jones missed 1st of 2 free throws  
19:04   Herbert Jones missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
18:51   Defensive rebound by Brandon Williams  
18:56 +2 Brandon Williams made driving layup 34-39
18:28   John Petty missed floating jump shot  
18:31   Defensive rebound by Emmanuel Akot  
18:27 +2 Chase Jeter made dunk, assist by Brandon Randolph 36-39
18:07   Bad pass turnover on Tevin Mack, stolen by Brandon Randolph  
17:58   Bad pass turnover on Brandon Randolph, stolen by Kira Lewis Jr.  
17:47 +2 Kira Lewis Jr. made layup 36-41
17:26   Brandon Williams missed layup  
17:26   Offensive rebound by Chase Jeter  
17:26   Chase Jeter missed layup, blocked by Tevin Mack  
17:26   Offensive rebound by Brandon Randolph  
17:26 +3 Brandon Williams made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Brandon Randolph 39-41
17:19 +3 Tevin Mack made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by John Petty 39-44
16:53   Bad pass turnover on Justin Coleman, stolen by Alex Reese  
16:45   Tevin Mack missed 3-pt. jump shot  
16:43   Defensive rebound by Brandon Williams  
16:29 +3 Brandon Randolph made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Justin Coleman 42-44
16:01 +2 Alex Reese made driving layup 42-46
16:01   Shooting foul on Chase Jeter  
16:01 +1 Alex Reese made free throw 42-47
15:45 +3 Brandon Williams made 3-pt. jump shot 45-47
15:35   Bad pass turnover on Kira Lewis Jr.  
15:12   Chase Jeter missed layup  
15:10   Defensive rebound by Alex Reese  
15:03   Galin Smith missed layup, blocked by Chase Jeter  
15:01   Offensive rebound by Tevin Mack  
15:03 +2 Tevin Mack made layup 45-49
15:03   Shooting foul on Dylan Smith  
15:03   Tevin Mack missed free throw  
15:03   Defensive rebound by Dylan Smith  
14:44   Brandon Williams missed 3-pt. jump shot  
14:42   Defensive rebound by Alex Reese  
14:34   Shooting foul on Dylan Smith  
14:34 +1 Tevin Mack made 1st of 2 free throws 45-50
14:34 +1 Tevin Mack made 2nd of 2 free throws 45-51
14:17   Chase Jeter missed hook shot  
14:15   Offensive rebound by Chase Jeter  
14:07   Chase Jeter missed hook shot, blocked by Galin Smith  
14:07   Offensive rebound by Ryan Luther  
14:07   Brandon Randolph missed jump shot  
14:05   Defensive rebound by Tevin Mack  
13:58   Lost ball turnover on Herbert Jones, stolen by Ryan Luther  
13:54   Brandon Randolph missed layup  
13:52   Defensive rebound by Tevin Mack  
13:46   Kira Lewis Jr. missed layup  
13:44   Offensive rebound by Alabama  
13:39   Traveling violation turnover on Alex Reese  
13:23   Offensive foul on Ira Lee  
13:23   Turnover on Ira Lee  
13:05   Shooting foul on Chase Jeter  
13:05   Herbert Jones missed 1st of 2 free throws  
13:05   Offensive rebound by Alex Reese  
13:05   Herbert Jones missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
13:05   Offensive rebound by Alex Reese  
12:46   Alex Reese missed 3-pt. jump shot, blocked by Ryan Luther  
12:44   Defensive rebound by Chase Jeter  
12:40   Out of bounds turnover on Ryan Luther  
12:24 +2 Alex Reese made layup, assist by John Petty 45-53
11:58   Ryan Luther missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:56   Offensive rebound by Chase Jeter  
11:56 +2 Chase Jeter made dunk 47-53
11:56   Shooting foul on Alex Reese  
11:56 +1 Chase Jeter made free throw 48-53
11:38   Bad pass turnover on Alex Reese  
11:24 +2 Chase Jeter made reverse layup 50-53
11:19   Bad pass turnover on Alex Reese, stolen by Justin Coleman  
10:58 +2 Brandon Randolph made jump shot 52-53
10:39   Offensive foul on John Petty  
10:39   Turnover on John Petty  
10:26 +2 Justin Coleman made layup 54-53
10:15   Personal foul on Emmanuel Akot  
10:15   Galin Smith missed free throw  
10:15   Defensive rebound by Emmanuel Akot  
9:52   Shooting foul on Galin Smith  
9:52   Emmanuel Akot missed 1st of 2 free throws  
9:52 +1 Emmanuel Akot made 2nd of 2 free throws 55-53
9:43 +3 Kira Lewis Jr. made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by John Petty 55-56
9:25 +2 Justin Coleman made fade-away jump shot 57-56
9:18   Shooting foul on Justin Coleman  
9:18   Kira Lewis Jr. missed 1st of 2 free throws  
9:18   Kira Lewis Jr. missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
9:18   Defensive rebound by Ryan Luther  
9:03   Ryan Luther missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:01   Offensive rebound by Ryan Luther  
8:45   Ryan Luther missed jump shot  
8:45   Defensive rebound by Alex Reese  
6:42   Lost ball turnover on Kira Lewis Jr., stolen by Justin Coleman  
8:45   Lost ball turnover on Justin Coleman  
8:31 +2 Donta Hall made layup, assist by Alex Reese 57-58
8:01   Personal foul on Alex Reese  
7:46   Brandon Williams missed jump shot  
7:44   Defensive rebound by John Petty  
7:18   Herbert Jones missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:16   Defensive rebound by Chase Jeter  
6:56   Brandon Randolph missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:54   Defensive rebound by Donta Hall  
6:42   Bad pass turnover on John Petty  
6:29   Traveling violation turnover on Ryan Luther  
6:11 +3 Kira Lewis Jr. made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Alex Reese 57-61
5:48   Personal foul on Donta Hall  
5:41 +3 Emmanuel Akot made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Brandon Randolph 60-61