The University of Alabama men’s basketball team ran into a 3-point scoring machine during the second stop of its exhibition tour in Canada, losing to Carleton, 84-71, on Wednesday night.
For the second straight game freshman guard John Petty led the Crimson Tide in scoring. He had 16 points, followed by freshman guard Collin Sexton with 15 points, 8 assists and 5 rebounds. Sophomore forward Braxton Key netted 14 points. The rest of the team was 10 of 39 (.256) from the floor and 1 of 9 (.111) from 3-point range.
The Ravens made 12 shots from beyond the arc and outrebounded the Crimson Tide, 44-34.
“This was one of the games that we, as a coaching staff, had circled on the schedule because this team has historically done really well against some of the most high-level American universities that have come over here to play,” Alabama coach Avery Johnson said in a release. “We knew they were going to play physical, rebound the basketball and shoot threes, and they did all of those things.
“This is strictly an evaluation trip. We had the chance to play six or seven different lineups, play a lot of different guys and look at a lot of different match-ups. We didn’t do as good of a job on both ends of the floor that we are capable of, but this was a great learning experience for our team.”
Freshman guard Herb Jones did not dress for the game because he’s in concussion protocol and will miss Alabama’s final game in Canada. Sexton left the game in the fourth quarter, but Johnson was quick to calm injury concerns from fans who could only watch the game on Facebook Live.
Avery Johnson said Collin Sexton is "fine" following Carleton game, per Alabama.
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Alabama went with a slightly different starting lineup of Key, Sexton, Petty, Donta Hall and Daniel Giddens, but for the second straight game got off to a slow start. This time the Tide fell behind 11-2 and trailed 24-14 at the end of the first quarter as Carleton made 6 early 3s and 9 of its first 18 shots.
A 9-0 run followed by a pair of Sexton 3s helped Alabama cut the deficit to five in the second quarter, but Carleton surged to a 42-31 halftime lead. The Crimson Tide eventually caught the Ravens to take a brief lead, only to see the home team pull away for good.
“In our first game we were sloppy with the ball and had too many turnovers,” Johnson said. “We didn’t turn the ball over as much tonight, but we had some untimely turnovers that proved to be costly. We’ve got to do a better job of taking care of the ball. We were fighting up-hill all game, so it was good to see our guys get back in the game and take a lead after being down by so many points. We just didn’t have that next gear to go to.”
Six different Carleton players made a 3, with Yasiin Joseph leading all scorers with 19 points.
The game was played using FIBA rules, including 10-minute quarters and a 24-second shot clock.
The Ravens have won 13 of the last 15 Canadian national championships, going a perfect 19-0 last season, not including a preseason win against Wichita State. However, Carleton lost its exhibition opener to Towson State, 76-64, on Monday. It’ll play Vanderbilt on an upcoming trip to the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Alabama will close its three-game exhibition tour in Canada against the University of Ottawa on Thursday (6:30 p.m. ET). It won at McGill, 96-57, Monday in Montreal.