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RECAP: Alabama Loses to Minnesota in Wild Game

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It was a wild one in Brooklyn on Saturday night.

In a game that saw eight players ejected, Alabama was handed its first loss of the season by No. 14 Minnesota. The Golden Gophers defeated the Crimson Tide 89-84 on a day that some Alabama fans will want to soon forget.

However, the story to remember is about what Gallin Smith, Riley Norris and Collin Sexton accomplished in the final 10 minutes. Before we can tell that story, we must set it up.

After the Tide cut Minnesota’s lead to 7 with 13:34 to go in the game, a fight broke out near Alabama’s bench.

Every player that Alabama had on its bench was ejected from the game after entering the court. Herb Jones, Avery Johnson Jr., Donta Hall, Daniel Giddens, Lawson Schaffer, Landon Fuller and Alex Reese were all sent to the locker room early.

And that was just the start of it.

Alabama was down to five players at that point and Minnesota quickly got its lead back to 11 points. Next, Dazon Ingram fouled out with 11:37 to go in the game. So Alabama was down to just four players.

The Gophers took a 67-54 lead with 10:45 to go in the game and that’s when freshman John Petty went down with what appeared to be a serious injury to his right foot. An update is expected on him sometime next week.

That’s when the story of Smith, Norris and Sexton began. Alabama outscored Minnesota 30-22 over the final 10 minutes of the game. Those three players were the only Crimson Tide players to score in double figures.

Against all odds, Alabama cut the Minnesota lead all the way down to just three points with less than two minutes remaining. The Gophers made their free throws down the stretch and managed to pull away.

Collin Sexton finished with 40 points on the night on 12 of 22 shooting. It was his highest scoring game of the year and easily the most impressive. The freshman guard scored 23 of his points after the fight took place in the second half.

Gallin Smith got to 10 points on the night, which was also a season high for him. Riley Norris finished with 13 points.

Caleb Turrentine is the editor for Bama Hoops Hype. You can follow him on Twitter for in-game updates at @CalebTurrentine.

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