TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama did what it wanted to to stay unbeaten.

Freshman Collin Sexton scored 29 factors and No. 25 Alabama beat UT-Arlington 77-76 in a come-from-behind victory Tuesday night time.

“By any stretch of the imagination it wasn’t pretty, but we did whatever it took to win the game,” Alabama coach Avery Johnson mentioned.

Sexton scored the final 5 factors for Alabama, together with three free throws.

“Every time I step on the court I have to give it my all,” Sexton mentioned.

The Crimson Tide trailed the whole first half and took their first lead, 54-53, with 12:12 remaining on a Three-pointer by Avery Johnson Jr.

UT-Arlington (2-1) relied on Kevin Hervey offensively. He didn’t miss a shot within the first half and scored 15 of his 24 factors. Erick Neal added 16 factors and Link Kabadyundi had 11 factors.

“I thought our guys played extremely hard,” UT-Arlington coach Scott Cross mentioned. “They are well-coached, they play hard they have a little bit of everything — they have drivers, they have shooters and they’ve got big guys.”

Alabama shot 50.9 p.c from the sphere and 62.5 p.c from the free throw line. Donta Hall, John Petty and Johnson every completed with eight factors.

UT-Arlington outrebounded Alabama 33-28. Both groups scored 28 factors within the paint.

The Crimson Tide had entered the AP rankings for the primary time this week, marking their first look because the week of Dec. 17, 2011.

BIG PICTURE

Alabama: Led in offensive manufacturing by a powerful freshman clbad, that is the primary time because the 2012-13 season the Crimson Tide have began Four-Zero.

UT-Arlington: Shot 62.5 p.c from the sphere within the first half to take a 46-41 halftime lead and dropped to 36.Four p.c within the second half.

HIGHLIGHT REEL

Hall had a formidable dunk with Four:12 remaining to offer the Crimson Tide a 72-65 lead, its largest of the sport.

ROLE PLAYER

Alabama freshman Herb Jones got here off of the bench to complete with 9 rebounds, together with the ultimate board of the sport as time expired. He had seven factors, 4 steals and three badists. He additionally took 4 costs.

UP NEXT

Alabama appears to extend its win streak Friday in opposition to BYU within the Barclays Center Clbadic.

UT-Arlington performs its first house recreation since its Nov. 11 season opener, going through Western Carolina on Friday.

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