By Charlie Porter | Bama Online
John Petty needed to make four threes to become Alabama’s all-time leader in career three-pointers made. He made five in the Crimson Tide’s 90-59 victory over Arkansas on Saturday afternoon at Coleman Coliseum to give him 265 career triples.
The senior guard surpassed Brian Williams (263 from 1996-99) to take over the No. 1 spot.
“It means a lot to me,” Petty said after the game. “But it’s also gonna be fun to celebrate with my teammates because, without them, I wouldn’t be in this position without getting great shots from them, without them doing their thing of attracting people and then kicking it out to me.
“Just as much as it is on me, it’s on them as well.”
Petty led Alabama (11-3, 6-0 SEC) with 17 points on 5-of-9 shooting from beyond the arc as the men’s basketball team won its seventh game in a row and continued its perfect start to league play. The senior guard from Huntsville, Ala., entered the contest against the Razorbacks ranked second on the team in points (13.3), rebounds (5.4) and assists (2.3) per game.
He also came into Saturday’s game needing four points to become the 28th player in UA school history to reach 1,300 career points. He reached that milestone in the game’s first 10 minutes.
Crimson Tide head coach Nate Oats said he was unaware of Petty’s record-breaking night until assistant coach Bryan Hodgson informed the team in the locker room after the game. But Oats is undoubtedly proud of the achievement of the guard that returned for one more year.
“It’s great just because he could have left after his junior year,” Oats said. “... You like for guys that decide to come back for their senior year to do great things. Us being 6-0, in first place and him breaking the school record for threes made, hopefully, he can play his way into first-round draft pick status and have a great senior year and really get this program to the way they envisioned it when they brought that great (2017) recruiting class here.
“... I was happy, gave him a hug, told him I was proud of him. If we can keep him playing like he is -- The Athletic wrote an article about how he’s struggling. I think Seth Davis wrote a clip about how he’s struggling from three. Since then, he’s gone 4-for-7, I believe, and 5-for-9. What’s that, nine out of 16? That’s not bad shooting.
“Reese said, ‘Hey, have somebody write an article about me. Maybe I can get my stuff going right.’ Maybe one of you guys can write an article about Reese struggling, so we can get his stuff, at a request from Reese.”
Petty will look to add to his career numbers on Tuesday, Jan. 19, when Alabama travels to Baton Rouge, La., to take on the LSU Tigers. Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m. CT on ESPN2.