Alabama survives Mercer 80-79 in 2nd annual Rocket City Classic

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. ( - It was a struggle for Alabama.

Its shots from the perimeter didn't fall throughout the first half. It suffered defensive lapses and committed fouls in bulk. Then, it nearly suffered a meltdown in the closing seconds.

In spite of it all, the Crimson Tide found a path to victory.

Alabama defeated Mercer, 80-79, Tuesday in the Rocket City Classic at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville.

Collin Sexton scored 15 points and Huntsville's own John Petty added 12 as the Tide overcame a seven-point deficit in the second half to claim its first win in 13 days.

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