cheap nfl jerseys china nike Alabama rolls past Lipscomb in home opener
TUSCALOOSA Collin Sexton’s first field goal attempt clanked off the top of the rim 54 seconds into his collegiate debut. He didn’t many after that.
Bouncing around during pregame warmups, Alabama’s hyped freshman scored a game high 22 points on 7 of 10 shooting with a team high 5 assists to help spark the youthful Crimson Tide to a 86 64 win over Lipscomb in Tuesday night’s home opener inside a half full Coleman Coliseum.
“Whatever (he did), that’s what we need,” Alabama head coach Avery Johnson said of Sexton. “I need a little animation, and emotion, pride, and whatever they call it swagger I call it confidence, not arrogance.
“I’m sure he probably was (excited). If he was animated and emotional and excited about the game, that’s the guy we recruited.”
Sexton wasn’t alone Tuesday night, as fellow freshman guard John Petty added 14 points on 6 of 11 shooting, 6 rebounds and 3 assists in a team high 33 minutes, while sophomore guard Dazon Ingram had 13 points,
7 rebounds and 5 assists. Junior center Donta Hall added 10 points while junior guard Avery Johnson Jr. had 9 points.
“It’s finally good to be able to pick up our team chemistry and put all the pieces together before the little (eligibility) situation popped up,” Petty said of having Sexton back out on the floor. “It was great just getting back in rhythm with each other.”
Sexton made his collegiate debut Tuesday night after sitting out last Friday’s season opener against Memphis while serving a one game NCAA mandated suspension after his eligibility was brought into question prior to the season.
“I think he’s been a champ in terms of his courage and character and mainly his commitment to the program,” Johnson said. “You learn a lot about people in adversity. You learn so much about where you stand in a relationship with somebody when there is adversity.”
Alabama (2 0) posted its second straight 80 plus point performance despite a poor 12 of 32 showing from the free throw line and getting outrebounded by Lipscomb 47 40, including 16 5 on the offensive end.
“I saw that we need to be a little more physical without fouling (on the inside),” Johnson said. “We reacted too much to their post moves, instead of being the aggressor.”
The Bison (2 1) led 15 14 at the 13:37 mark of the first half, but the Tide rolled out a 16 7 run thanks to seven straight points from Johnson and five points from Sexton, including a pair of free throws to lead 30 22.
Lipscomb pulled within 41 40 over the first 2 minutes of the second half, but Sexton scored 4 straight to spark a 19 10 run for Alabama’s first double digit lead 60 50.
Alabama was playing without the help of sophomore wing Braxton Key, last season’s leading scorer, and senior wings Armond Davis and Riley Norris, all of whom are out with injuries.