Sexton finished with 27 points, none bigger than his final shot. But then Starks' nemesis, Alabama guard Collin Sexton, streaked relatively unchecked down the court for a buzzer-beating runner that left the Aggies pondering what they could have done differently.
That's when Sexton took the inbounds pass and raced up the court for his winning shot.
Not to be overlooked was the play of guard Dazon Ingram, who had 13 points and nine rebounds, prompting Johnson to say that his backcourt combination looked like one of the best in the country.
Now Alabama improves to 18-14 overall, banks another quadrant 1 victory and gets a crack at SEC co-champion Auburn on Friday afternoon.
"This is no magic formula", Johnson said.
By the time Auburn scored its first field goal of the second half - a Mustapha Heron jumper with 9:43 remaining - the Alabama lead had ballooned to 15 points, a comfortable margin that the Crimson Tide maintained.
"We called timeout to get organized", Texas A&M coach Billy Kennedy said. I know we'll be fired up for that game.
Auburn's leading rebounder averaging 6.8 per game, the 6-foot-3 Murray savored the prospect of displaying his team's talent on ESPN.
Tom Green is an Auburn beat reporter for Alabama Media Group.
Top-seeded Auburn very almost got another shot at Texas A&M.
The Tide had lost five straight coming into the SEC Tournament but now advance to the semifinals Saturday with a record of 19-14. I think Auburn is the better team and should be motivated to hand its biggest rival a big loss to start the tournament.
A big deciding factor in the game was Auburn's ability to share the basketball and hit open threes.
ST. LOUIS - With the SEC Tournament in St. Louis and heralded freshman Michael Porter Jr. returning, Missouri fans were hoping to be treated to a weekend-long show from the Tigers.
Alabama won the rebounding battle, 44-33, including 26-12 in the second half, and had 36 points in the paint compared to 22 by the Tigers. But Robertson's three-point attempt went long and Georgia secured the victory.
The 16th-ranked Tigers will face No. 6 Alabama for the second time in as many weeks in the annual Elevate The Stage meet as the Tigers look to build some momentum before the postseason.
Based on the way the SEC has played out this year, it's probably safe to say that we're in for some more nail-biting action in St. Louis the next couple of days. "So that's something we do gotta go back and look at and just try to fix it as much as possible". Just register at the start of the tournament before March 13, 2018 and we'll re...
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