The 14th-ranked Minnesota Golden Gophers defeated the 25th-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide in a late November college basketball game in Brooklyn on Saturday. Normally, no one outside the NCAA Tournament seeding committee would ever care about that this long after the game, but I feel like the fact that the final 10 minutes were played 3-on-5 deserve note.
There was a scuffle with 13:39 remaining and the entire Alabama bench -Alex Reese, Donta Hall, Lawson Schaffer, Herb Jones, Landon Fuller, Daniel Giddens and Avery Johnson Jr. – was ejected for leaving the bench.
Dazon Ingram fouled out with 11:37 remaining, leaving Alabama with 4 players. Then John Petty hurt his ankle with 10:41 remaining and had to leave the game. At that point, Alabama was left with 3 players and trailed by 11. Minnesota was able to extend their lead to 15 (79-64) with 6:37 remaining.
Somehow, over the next 4:58, Alabama clawed back WITHIN THREE POINTS with 1:39 remaining. Collin Sexton alone outscored Minnesota 15-13 over one stretch. (He finished with 40.) Unfortunately, that’s as close as Sexton and his two teammates were able to get and Minnesota held on to win 89-84.