Aggies fall to Alabama 71-70 on buzzer-beater after mounting comeback

Aggies fall to Alabama 71-70 on buzzer-beater after mounting comeback

On Thursday, the Crimson Tide picked up their first big win, knocking off eight seed Texas A&M following a buzzer beating lay-in by Collin Sexton. Both teams sunk clutch shots, and TJ Starks had just hit a three to give A&M a 1-point lead. Also, the Crimson Tide rank 48th in free throw attempt (FTA) rate (0.281), while the Aggies rank 51st in opponents' FTA rate (0.198).

There was plenty to take away from the game, not the least of which was their freshman point guard stepping up in a big way. For the season, Alabama has defeated opponents by an average of 2.7 points. The Aggies trailed the Crimson Tide 35-28 at the half.

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"I thought we obviously needed a presence inside to try to make difference, work a little bit on defense", Alabama coach Avery Johnson said of the decision to start Smith. Davis picked up his fourth foul with 12:31 to go in the game, and was subbed out with 12:31 remaining in the game. The game finished with a total of 134 points, which was 8 points below the projected point total of 142 points.

Robert Williams was stout defensively in the second half, grabbing six rebounds and swatting six blocks, however, struggled to get going offensively, with just six second half points. Despite the loss, Sexton was the game's leading scorer with 23 points.

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T.J. Starks capped a late rally by drilling a deep three-pointer with 4.2 seconds remaining to provide the Aggies a 70-69 lead. Mustapha Heron is averaging 16.6 points and 5.5 rebounds while Bryce Brown is averaging 16.4 points and 1.8 assists.

Alabama heads into the game with records of 17-14 straight up (SU) and 15-14-1 against the spread (ATS).

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