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Starks' 3-pointer gives Texas A&M win at buzzer

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) After trailing for nearly the entire game, Texas A&M had a chance to defeat Alabama on the road.

With 3.4 seconds left, TJ Starks caught the inbound pass, which was lobbed over his head because Alabama was pressing, sprinted right outside the 3-point arc, and with his momentum still going toward the baseline, floated a shot that banked in for an 81-80 victory .

It was the Aggies' first SEC and road win of the season.

''Hopefully, this (win) gives us some energy and confidence,'' Texas A&M coach Bill Kennedy said.

The winning possession was set up by Alabama's struggles from the free-throw line. With the Crimson Tide leading by a point, Kira Lewis Jr. went to the line and made only 1 of 2.

''Even if he would have made it, we would have tried to tie the game up with a 3,'' Starks said. ''It did give us a little bit of life once he missed the free throw.''

Up to the final possession, Starks had struggled, shooting just 3 of 16 for nine points. The Aggies turned to the combination of Savion Flagg and Josh Nebo to score on the inside with a combined 37 points.

They both finished with seven rebounds, which led the team.

''They had a stretch there, where for whatever reason, we were just out of position on post defense, especially on Nebo,'' Alabama coach Avery Johnson said. ''He got the ball where he wanted to.''

The Aggies outscored the Crimson Tide by 48-30 inside the 3-point line.

Of the 40 minutes of the game, Alabama led for 36 minutes.

John Petty had his best game of the season for the Crimson Tide, scoring 22 points off six 3-pointers. Donta Hall recorded his seventh double-double of the season, finishing with 14 points and a season-high 16 rebounds.

Alabama has struggled holding onto a lead, and Saturday wasn't any different. It built an 11-point lead by the end of the first half, and early in the second half, led by 12. Halfway through the second half, its lead was down to three, and it gave up its first lead of the game at the 7:34 mark.

''I just feel like they went on a run down the stretch,'' Alabama forward Tevin Mack said. ''Time ended up being on their side. We didn't have enough time down the stretch for us to make our run.''

BIG PICTURE

Texas A&M: The Aggies won their first SEC game this season, ending a three-game losing streak.

Alabama: Petty, the team's best 3-point shooter, found his stroke. The sophomore hit a season-high six 3-pointers.

STAT OF THE NIGHT

Hall finished with four blocks, tying his season high. His first block of the game was his 200th of his career, making him the seventh player in Alabama history to pass 200.

QUICK COMPARE

Texas A&M shot 22 of 30 for 73 percent from the free-throw line, while Alabama shot 18 of 29 for 62 percent.

UP NEXT

Texas A&M: Returns home on Wednesday to face No. 11 Auburn.

Alabama: Plays at Missouri on Wednesday.

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Key Players
S. Flagg
K. Lewis Jr.
31.2 Min. Per Game 31.2
14.8 Pts. Per Game 14.8
3.0 Ast. Per Game 3.0
2.2 Reb. Per Game 2.2
50.0 Field Goal % 44.4
28.3 Three Point % 37.1
60.6 Free Throw % 84.7
+ 3 T.J. Starks made 3-pt. jump shot 0.0
+ 1 Kira Lewis Jr. made 2nd of 2 free throws 3.0
  Kira Lewis Jr. missed 1st of 2 free throws 3.0
  Personal foul on T.J. Starks 3.0
+ 1 Savion Flagg made 2nd of 2 free throws 5.0
+ 1 Savion Flagg made 1st of 2 free throws 5.0
  Shooting foul on Riley Norris 5.0
  Offensive rebound by Savion Flagg 4.0
  T.J. Starks missed 3-pt. jump shot 6.0
+ 1 Dazon Ingram made 2nd of 2 free throws 11.0
+ 1 Dazon Ingram made 1st of 2 free throws 11.0
Team Stats
Points 81 80
Field Goals 28-64 (43.8%) 26-62 (41.9%)
3-Pointers 3-19 (15.8%) 10-27 (37.0%)
Free Throws 22-30 (73.3%) 18-29 (62.1%)
Total Rebounds 38 45
Offensive 9 11
Defensive 28 30
Team 1 4
Assists 8 13
Steals 2 1
Blocks 6 7
Turnovers 2 7
Fouls 21 25
Technicals 0 0
21 PTS, 7 REB
22 PTS, 4 REB, 1 AST
12T
away team logo Texas A&M 7-7 324981
home team logo Alabama 10-5 433780
Team Stats
away team logo Texas A&M 7-7 74.8 PPG 42.5 RPG 12.9 APG
home team logo Alabama 10-5 76.5 PPG 42.6 RPG 12.8 APG
Key Players
32
J. Nebo F 7.8 PPG 5.2 RPG 0.3 APG 74.6 FG%
23
J. Petty G 10.9 PPG 4.9 RPG 1.7 APG 40.6 FG%
Top Scorers
J. Nebo F 21 PTS 7 REB 0 AST
J. Petty G 22 PTS 4 REB 1 AST
43.8 FG% 41.9
15.8 3PT FG% 37.0
73.3 FT% 62.1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
W. Mitchell 18 6 1 6/13 2/6 4/5 4 32 1 0 0 0 6
S. Flagg 16 7 2 4/7 0/2 8/12 0 35 1 1 0 2 5
T. Starks 12 4 2 4/17 1/6 3/4 3 38 0 0 2 1 3
C. Mekowulu 4 3 0 2/3 0/1 0/0 4 12 0 1 0 1 2
J. Chandler 4 4 2 2/7 0/2 0/0 4 25 0 0 0 1 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
W. Mitchell 18 6 1 6/13 2/6 4/5 4 32 1 0 0 0 6
S. Flagg 16 7 2 4/7 0/2 8/12 0 35 1 1 0 2 5
T. Starks 12 4 2 4/17 1/6 3/4 3 38 0 0 2 1 3
C. Mekowulu 4 3 0 2/3 0/1 0/0 4 12 0 1 0 1 2
J. Chandler 4 4 2 2/7 0/2 0/0 4 25 0 0 0 1 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Nebo 21 7 0 10/12 0/0 1/1 2 28 0 4 0 2 5
J. Walker III 6 4 0 0/3 0/1 6/8 1 16 0 0 0 2 2
C. Collins 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
B. Mahan 0 2 1 0/2 0/1 0/0 2 13 0 0 0 0 2
A. Gilder - - - - - - - - - - - - -
F. Byers - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. French - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Brown - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Alo - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Vaughn - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. McGhee - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Z. Walker - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 81 37 8 28/64 3/19 22/30 21 200 2 6 2 9 28
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Hall 14 16 0 4/10 0/0 6/7 3 33 0 4 0 4 12
K. Lewis Jr. 14 0 3 5/9 1/3 3/4 0 30 0 0 1 0 0
T. Mack 10 9 2 4/10 1/4 1/4 2 28 1 0 2 2 7
D. Ingram 6 4 3 1/6 1/4 3/4 4 27 0 0 1 1 3
H. Jones 1 2 1 0/2 0/0 1/2 5 11 0 0 2 1 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Hall 14 16 0 4/10 0/0 6/7 3 33 0 4 0 4 12
K. Lewis Jr. 14 0 3 5/9 1/3 3/4 0 30 0 0 1 0 0
T. Mack 10 9 2 4/10 1/4 1/4 2 28 1 0 2 2 7
D. Ingram 6 4 3 1/6 1/4 3/4 4 27 0 0 1 1 3
H. Jones 1 2 1 0/2 0/0 1/2 5 11 0 0 2 1 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Petty 22 4 1 7/12 6/11 2/3 0 30 0 2 0 0 4
R. Norris 7 4 1 2/6 1/4 2/3 5 19 0 0 1 1 3
A. Reese 4 1 1 2/5 0/0 0/0 3 7 0 1 0 1 0
A. Johnson Jr. 2 0 1 1/2 0/1 0/0 2 9 0 0 0 0 0
D. Giddens 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/2 1 6 0 0 0 1 0
L. Schaffer - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Smith - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Barnes - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Wood - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Davis-Fleming - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 80 41 13 26/62 10/27 18/29 25 200 1 7 7 11 30