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Sexton leads No. 24 Alabama past Louisiana Tech 77-74

By JOHN ZENOR
AP Sports Writer

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Collin Sexton made four free throws over the final 8 seconds to lift No. 24 Alabama to a come-from-behind 77-74 victory over Louisiana Tech on Wednesday night.

The Crimson Tide (6-1) overcame an 11-point deficit over the last 14 minutes and held off the previously unbeaten Bulldogs (5-1).

Louisiana Tech's Jacobi Harris missed a 3-pointer from the right wing and Jalen Harris grabbed the rebound and hit a layup with 2 seconds left to make it a 1-point game. Riley Norris heaved the inbounds pass across midcourt to Sexton, who made two free throws with just over 1 second left.

Louisiana Tech's Derric Jean, who had hit the game-winning 3-pointer against Evansville, fired a Hail Mary pass. Harris just got off a potential tying 3-pointer that bounced off the rim.

Dazon Ingram and Sexton, the Southeastern Conference's leading scorer, led Alabama with 22 points each. Ingram also made two foul shots with 27 seconds remaining.

Donta Hall had 15 points and seven rebounds for the Tide.

Daquan Bracey scored 21 points to lead Louisiana Tech. Jacobi Boykins had 14 points and Harris and Jy'lan Washington 12 apiece.

Alabama was coming off an 89-84 loss to No. 12 Minnesota after going the final 10-plus minutes with three players due to injury and ejections of the entire bench. Sexton set an Alabama freshman record with 40 points in that game.

BIG PICTURE

Louisiana Tech: Led most of the way in a bid for its first regular-season win over a ranked team since 1984. First true road game of the season. It was the program's first game against a ranked opponent since 2011.

Alabama: Is 6-1 for the first time since 2012-13. Scored the final eight points of the first half, cutting a 10-point deficit to 38-37. Alabama didn't lead from the opening 2 minutes until the final 6. Herbert Jones fouled out.

UP NEXT

Louisiana Tech hosts Division II Miles College on Saturday night.

Alabama continues a three-game home stand against UCF on Sunday.

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