TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The University of Alabama men’s basketball program hoped the recruiting class of 2017 would end up setting records.
It took three games for the first one to fall.
Scoring all of his 30 point points beyond the arc, freshman guard John Petty notched 10 3-pointers to set the Crimson Tide single-game record during Friday night’s 104-67 victory over Alabama A&M. The previous mark of eight was shared by seven players, including senior guard/forward Riley Norris.
Every shot that Petty took was from 3-point range, where he was 10-for-13.
“That was a first, but hopefully not the last,” Petty said. “I kind of had some flashbacks from Canada, where I shot the ball all over the place.”
Petty went 5-for-6 in the first half and heard some people talking about the record, but didn’t quite think he’d get it Friday.
“That basket was as big as the ocean for that young man tonight,” Alabama A&M coach Donnie Marsh said. “That was a quality, quality squad.”
The game was one of two at Coleman Coliseum for the Barclays Center Classic, which will take the Crimson Tide team to Brooklyn next week. Alabama improved to 3-0, and Alabama A&M fell 0-3.
The Kids Are All Right
Freshman guard Collin Sexton nearly matched the Bulldogs’ first-half output by himself, scoring 18, including a half-court buzzer-beater, while the Bulldogs had 22 at the break. He finished with 22 points and five assists.
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All five of Alabama’s freshmen played together for a while during the first half. They combined to score 78 points.
Overall, Alabama made 40 of 63 shots from the field (63.5 percent). Earlier this was week it was 34-for-57 against Lipscomb (59.6 percent).
“I don’t think we put up a lot of resistance,” Marsh said.
With Petty obviously leading the way, Alabama made 16 3-pointers. Among those to notch one were walk-ons Landon Fuller and Lawson Schaffer, who, like Petty, drew load roars from the crowd.
“I never make the first one,” Petty said. “When I saw the second one fall, I knew it might be good night.”
Alabama’s discipline a work in progress
Sophomore forward/center Daniel Giddens picked up two quick fouls and eventually fouled out with 2 points and 1 rebound in 15 minutes. Coach Avery Johnson kept Sexton in the game after he picked up his second foul with 4:45 remaining before halftime. He responded by assisting on a Petty 3 and didn’t get another foul in the game.
Overall, the Crimson Tide had 20 fouls, but Alabama A&M was just 9 of 24 from the line.
After struggling at the line in the home opener against Lipscomb, making just 12 of 32 free throws (37.5 percent), Alabama did a little better against the Bulldogs. After missing 3 of the first 4 attempts, the Crimson Tide went 8 of 15 (53.3 percent).
Alabama is faster and can dominate
The only statistical category that Alabama didn’t lead was points off turnovers, where the Bulldogs had a 13-12 edge. It was 48-28 in the paint, 14-2 in fastbreak points and 29-19 in bench points.
The one statistic that jumped out to Johnson was the Crimson Tide’s 25 assists.
“A pretty good night for us overall, offensively,” Johnson, who thought the defense dipped in the second half. “We have to improve at guarding the dribble.”