TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Play 3-on-5 basketball and move up a spot in the AP poll. That’s what Alabama basketball did over the weekend.
Despite losing to No. 14 Minnesota, Alabama basketball climbed a spot in the latest AP Top 25 poll.
The Crimson Tide (5-1) pushed the Gophers to the limit, losing 89-84, despite only having three players to finish the game.
In case you missed arguably the craziest story in college athletics over the weekend, Alabama’s entire bench was ejected for coming onto the court during a brawl.
From there, guard Dazon Ingram fouled out and freshman John Petty went down with an ankle injury.
That left only freshman Collin Sexton, senior Riley Norris and freshman Galin Smith on the court for Alabama.
Sexton took over the contest and kept Alabama in the game. That in large part earned him SEC Freshman of the Week honors.
This past week, Sexton averaged 26.3 points, 4.7 rebounds and four assists over Alabama’s three game against UT Arlington, BYU and 14 th-ranked Minnesota. Sexton’s honor marks the second consecutive week an Alabama guard has been name freshman of the week, as John Petty was named freshman of the week on Nov. 20.
In the Barclays Center Classic championship game against the No. 14 Golden Gophers, Sexton set an Alabama freshman scoring record with 40 points, including 31 in the second half. Sexton scored 15 of those points in the final 7:32 while the Tide was playing with just three players on the court.
He became the first Alabama player to score 40 in a game since Reggie King had 43 points against Virginia on Dec. 29, 1978. Sexton began the week by scoring a then-season high 29 points in a one-point victory over UT Arlington and followed that with 10 points and a season-high seven rebounds in a win over BYU.
Sexton and Alabama return to the court Wednesday when it hosts Louisiana Tech at 7 p.m. ET/8 p.m. ET in Coleman Coliseum. The game will broadcast live on SEC Network+.
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