How Alabama star Collin Sexton showed hype was real in debut

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 02:42:19 PM. Alabama's Collin Sexton was the headlining act in the Crimson Tide's 86-64 win over Lipscomb in the home opener, leading the team in scoring.
Collin Sexton stood alone, just beyond the three-point line, and launched his final shot of the night. A split-second later the ball splashed through the net. With 1:48 remaining in the game, and Alabama leading by 21 points, Sexton applied the exclamation point to an emphatic, entertaining 86-64 victory over Lipscomb in the team's home opener. He then turned toward the crowd, soaked in a standing ovation and left the floor.  It was a fitting exit for the Crimson Tide's headlining act. An announced crowd of 12,325 watched the ballyhooed freshman make his college debut Tuesday, and they didn't leave disappointed. They saw him lead his team with 22 points and dish out five assists in 27 minutes -- galvanizing a program that last season could lull its most ardent supporters to sleep. "For a first game," Alabama head coach Avery Johnson said, "not bad." Despite his understated reaction to Sexton's performance, Johnson is bullish on his young star's future that seemed in jeopardy not too long ago. For a while, the guard's eligibility was in question after the school's basketball administrator, Kobie Baker, resigned in September following an FBI complaint that revealed he accepted money as part of a scheme to influence Sexton's father to sign with a financial advisor. Sexton, the crown jewel of a freshman class regarded the best in Alabama history, was suddenly in the crosshairs of the NCAA. He was held out of an exhibition game and suspended for the season opener against Memphis....Read more
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