Alabama’s Collin Sexton and Minnesota’s Nate Mason started jawing at each other, resulting in a double technical. Mason was subsequently tossed, much to the dismay of head coach Richard Pitino, who received a technical foul as well.
A second brawl occurred shortly after. It involved Minnesota’s Amir Coffey and Dupree McBrayer and Alabama’s Riley Norris and John Petty, leading to the ejection of the entire Alabama bench.
Consequently, Alabama was forced to play with just five players against Minnesota, with 12 minutes left, But just one minute later, point guard Dazon Ingram fouled out, ensuing in a four-on-five matchup for the remainder of the game. But the insanity didn’t stop there. Shooting Guard John Petty landed awkwardly on a three-point shot, leaving head coach Avery Johnson with just THREE eligible players against Minnesota.
Despite being absurdly short-handed, Alabama outscored Minnesota 30-22 with a two-man disadvantage to cut the lead to just three points with just over a minute to go. But Alabama couldn’t complete the historic comeback and came up just short, suffering an 89-84 loss.