“That was one of the most bizarre things I’ve ever been a part of,” Jordan Murphy said upon leading No. 14 Minnesota to an 89-84 victory over No. 25 Alabama, after playing 5-on-3 for the final 10 minutes of the game.
Around 6:21 into the second half, the third ever matchup between two programs was stopped due to a near brawl involving Minnesota’s Dupree McBrayer and Alabama’s Dazon Ingram. During the scuffle, Crimson Tide’s entire bench got involved, resulting in an ejection for all five of them due to leaving the bench area. Ingram picked up his fifth foul, and he was also out of the game, leaving Alabama with four players available to play.
But nearly three minutes after the incident, it got even worse for Avery Johnson’s team, as they also lost John Petty to an ankle injury. Upstroke – Alabama was forced to play the game out with only three players on the floor and no one on the bench.
Down 13 with 10:41 left in the game, Alabama went to outscore Minnesota 30-22, despite playing with 3-on-5. The guy who initiated the run was Alabama’s freshman Collin Sexton, who even had a chance to cut a deficit to one but had missed the mid-range jumper with 1:20 left on the clock.
Sexton finished the game with 40 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists on 12-22 shooting from the floor. solidifying himself as one of the top point guard prospects of the ’18 NBA Draft. Mason had 20 for Minnesota, leaving their coach Richard Pittion frustrated with how the final 13 minutes had played out. “For 27 minutes, we played really good basketball,” Pitino said. “For 27 minutes, we were a really, really good team.” Johnson on the other hand was happy with how his team responded. “We fought to the very end,” he said. “There was no surrender in our team. That’s the bright spot in today’s game.”
Pitino joked after the game that Sexton could beat an entire team on his own. Well, he came real close to do so in what was one of the craziest scenarios the game of basketball has ever seen.