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Alabama survives scare; beats Appalachian State 60-59

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Michael Kessens scored 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to help Alabama hold off Appalachian State 60-59 on Sunday.
Kessens' basket at the 2:34 mark gave Alabama a 60-56 lead. Dustin Clarke answered with a 3-pointer with 1:56 left to pull Appalachian State within one, but Frank Eaves' contested 3-pointer with 2 seconds left hit off the side of the backboard.
Levi Randolph had 14 points for Alabama (8-3). Ricky Tarrant added 11 points and Jimmie Taylor had seven blocks.
Tommy Spagnolo led Appalachian State (3-6) with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Dustin Clarke and Frank Eaves added 13 points apiece.
Alabama took its first lead since the opening minute of the game at 52-51 with 7:34 left.
Appalachian State held a 29-27 lead at halftime after holding Alabama to 9 of 28 shooting and forcing nine turnovers.
The Mountaineers led by as many as nine points in the opening 20 minutes.

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