Collin Sexton hits buzzer-beater that could push 'Bama into tourney

Mar 09, 2018, 09:33
Collin Sexton hits buzzer-beater that could push 'Bama into tourney

Sexton hit the game-winning shot in Thursday's game against Texas A&M to cap off a 27-point, five-rebound performance and take Alabama to the SEC Tournament Quarterfinal.

Sexton is averaging 18.3 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 3.6 assists per game. Alabama then dominated the final nine minutes of the half and, after two free throws by Sexton with three seconds remaining, assumed a 35-28 advantage at halftime. "The series is tied 1-1, so may the best team win".

Sexton put Alabama up by two with a floater on the ensuing possession and T.J. Starks answered right back.

After a scuffle between freshman guards TJ Starks and Collin Sexton on Saturday that led to the ejection of Starks and a technical foul on Sexton, A&M head coach Billy Kennedy emphasized the importance of not letting extracirruclar activities affect their play. This time, Starks nailed a three-pointer to give the Aggies a 69-70 lead with 4.4 seconds remaining.

The Crimson Tide rank fifth in blocks per game (5.8) while the Aggies rank 186th in blocks allowed per game (4.3).

Alabama's defense was also key late in the game. ESPN's Joe Lunardi had the Tide as one of his first four out going into Thursday, meaning they're going to need multiple wins in the SEC Tournament to even have a prayer of reaching the Big Dance. The win moves Alabama to 18-14 overall and enhances the Crimson Tide's chances of making the NCAA Tournament.

At minimum, Alabama is still alive, and the Tide has Sexton to thank for that.

The Auburn Tigers enter this tournament splitting their last eight games.

Whether the win gets Alabama in or not depends on who you talk to.

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