Thursday, June 21, 2018
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Tide keeps Aggies slumping

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Avery Johnson has already brought big wins to Alabama's program even during an up-and-down season.

Retin Obasohan scored 16 and the Crimson Tide pulled off another upset by surviving a big rally from No. 15 Texas A&M for a 63-62 victory Wednesday night, the Aggies' third straight loss.

The Crimson Tide (14-9, 5-6 SEC) beat its fourth ranked opponent in Johnson's debut season despite missing its final three shots.

Alabama has beaten four ranked teams in a regular season for the first time since 2001-02.

"It's huge," Obasohan said. "It's huge for this program, this team. It just shows everybody that we're going in the right direction, but at the same time the things that our coaching staff preach every day actually work. More than anything, it just shows we've got to stick with it."

Former USF point guard Anthony Collins was fouled on a drive with 2.3 seconds left but missed both free throws for the Aggies (18-6, 7-4). They've lost four straight conference games since a 7-0 league start, tumbling from a program-best No. 5 ranking.

Texas A&M had its chances after wiping out most of an 11-point deficit over the final 6:34.

"Our guys fought back," Aggies coach Billy Kennedy said. "We came out in the second half and were much more aggressive offensively, but we've got some guys playing down instead of playing up, meaning they're not playing with the confidence and ability that they have right now."

Riley Norris had 11 points for Alabama and Shannon Hale scored 10. Obasohan had five assists and three steals.

Jalen Jones had 21 points and seven rebounds for Texas A&M. Danuel House overcame a slow start to score 12, and Collins finished with 11 points and five assists.

"We knew Jalen Jones and Danuel House were problems whenever they touched the ball," said Johnson, whose son Avery Jr. played for the Aggies last season. "I thought we did a good job overall."

TULSA 82, NO. 16 SMU 77: Shaquille Harrison had 21 points, Pat Birt hit a crucial 3-pointer and scored 12 of his 17 after halftime and the Golden Hurricane rallied from eight points down in the second half to hand the Mustangs (20-3, 9-3 AAC) their first home loss in 13 games.

MARQUETTE 96, NO. 20 PROVIDENCE 91, OT: Jajuan Johnson scored 16 and hit a key 3-pointer with 1:16 left in double overtime for the host Golden Eagles (16-9, 5-7 Big East). Ben Bentil, the conference's leading scorer, had 42 points for the Friars (18-7, 6-6).

NO. 21 BAYLOR 82, KANSAS ST. 72: Al Freeman scored 21, Taurean Prince had 18 and the visiting Bears (18-6, 7-4 Big 12) remained a game back of the leaders in the conference race.

TAMPA 86, NOVA SE 71: Duke Shelton and Pat Bacon had 24 points each for the visiting Spartans (8-14, 4-8 Sunshine State), who won their second straight and third in four games.

ECKERD 60, EMBRY-RIDDLE 52: Kevin Walsh had 15 points and Obi Kyei 15 rebounds for the host Tritons (19-5), who snapped a two-game losing streak.

WILLIAMS OKAY: Hall of Fame North Carolina coach Roy Williams is expected to be at the team's next practice and game after a bout with vertigo that sidelined him for part of Tuesday's win at Boston College. Athletics spokesman Steve Kirschner said the No. 9 Tar Heels had a previously scheduled day off and would return to practice today ahead of Sunday's home game against Pittsburgh. He said Williams was back in his office, and his regularly scheduled Friday news conference is on as well.

Women

NO. 4 BAYLOR 81, TCU 75: Nina Davis scored 19, Niya Johnson had 14 assists and the visiting Bears (24-1, 11-1 Big 12) won their 11th straight conference game.

NO. 6 TEXAS 70, NO. 20 OKLA. ST. 55: Brooke McCarty scored 18, Ariel Atkins added 16 and the host Longhorns (22-1, 11-1 Big 12) swept the two-game season series with the Cowgirls (18-5, 8-4) for the first time since 2006.

NO. 24 W. VA. 57, IOWA ST. 47: Bria Holmes scored 23 and Lanay Montgomery had 15 points, 15 rebounds and three blocks to help the host Mountaineers (19-6, 8-4 Big 12) pull away.

NOVA SE 75, TAMPA 63: Juliana Cavallaro had 19 points for the visiting Spartans (13-10, 6-6 Sunshine State), who forced a tie at the half before the Sharks opened the third quarter with a 16-9 run.

ECKERD 60, EMBRY-RIDDLE 51: Mariam Hannoun had 11 points for the host Tritons (12-9), who never trailed.

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