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No. 11 Wichita State survives Alabama

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Alabama guard Rodney Cooper (21) fouls Wichita State forward Cleanthony Early during the first half of an NCAA basketball game in Tuscaloosa, Ala., on Tuesday night.

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Cleanthony Early scored 26 points and Fred VanVleet made two free throws with 11 seconds left to lift No. 11 Wichita State to a 72-67 victory over Alabama on Tuesday night.
Early scored nine straight points for Wichita State (11-0) during one late stretch and the Shockers extended the program’s best start, answering every time the Crimson Tide (5-5) threatened to overtake them.
Rodney Cooper’s 3-pointer brought Alabama to 65-64 with 1:57 remaining. VanVleet responded with a basket and Darius Carter scored on a putback with 37 seconds remaining after Trevor Releford hit two free ...

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