TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Despite not having star freshman Collin Sexton, Alabama basketball pulled out a 76-71 win over No. 17 Auburn on Wednesday night in front of a sellout crowd in Coleman Coliseum.
Alabama got hot shooting from John Petty, and solid all-around games from Dazon Ingram and Herbert Jones to seal the victory.
The Crimson Tide moved to 12-6 overall, including 4-2 in SEC play. The win snapped a 14-game win streak for the Tigers.
This is a big-time resume builder for Alabama. Auburn has played like one of the top teams in the SEC this year. This is one of those wins that’ll prove huge for Alabama’s postseason resume down the stretch.
Alabama hosts Mississippi State on Saturday. Tipoff is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. ET on the SEC Network.
John Petty lights it up
John Petty put on a shooting clinic against the Tigers on Wednesday night. At one point, Petty drilled a 3 from a couple of steps behind the line with two Auburn defenders draped all over him.
Petty’s hot shooting powered the majority of Alabama’s offensive attack with Collin Sexton out.
Petty finished with a game-high 27 points to lead the Crimson Tide while shooting 62 percent from three-point range.
Mr. Do Everything
Herbert Jones continues to impress with all-around game. Jones, another Alabama freshman, earned the start with Collin Sexton out.
Jones filled the box score, scoring 11 points, grabbing 7 rebounds, dishing 4 assists and swiping 4 steals. Jones is the ultimate swiss-army knife for this team. He guards well defensively, can handle the ball and finishes around the rim. Jones’ development is going to be huge for Alabama down the stretch of the season.
No Collin Sexton, no problem (for now)
Alabama was without its top scorer and assist man on Wednesday in freshman Collin Sexton. Sexton was ruled out prior to the game with an abdominal injury. He limped out of the tunnel wearing street clothes right before the game.
Alabama was able to win the game, but the team missed Sexton’s ball-handling and offensive punch. Hopefully he’s able to get healthy soon.