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Minnesota slips past Alabama in Barclays Center Classic

NEW YORK (AP) Minnesota coach Richard Pitino never saw anything like it.

Nor had Alabama coach Avery Johnson.

''That was one of the most bizarre things I've ever been a part of,'' Jordan Murphy said after he scored 19 points and and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead No. 14 Minnesota to an 89-84 victory over No. 25 Alabama, which finished the game with just three players, in the championship game of the Barclays Center Classic on Saturday.

Nate Mason scored 20 points to lead Minnesota (7-0) while Isaiah Washington added 14 and Amir Coffey finished with 12.

''For 27 minutes we played really good basketball,'' Pitino said. ''For 27 minutes we were a really, really good team.''

Freshman Collin Sexton had 40 points for the Crimson Tide while Riley Norris had 13 and Galin Smith added 10.

''We didn't give up,'' Johnson said. ''There was no quit in our team.''

Only the third ever matchup between the Southeastern Conference and Big 10 programs was marred by a near brawl involving Minnesota's Dupree McBrayer and Alabama's Dazon Ingram in front of the Crimson Tide bench 6:21 into the second half. Just 27 seconds earlier, Mason and Sexton were each assessed technical fouls for talking to each other, and the Golden Gophers senior guard was ejected.

''Obviously, insanity ensued,'' Pitino said.

During the fracas, Alabama players Donta Hall, Alex Reese, Daniel Giddens, Avery Johnson Jr. and Herbert Jones came off the bench and were ejected. Ingram, who had four fouls at the time of the scuffle, fouled out.

''By rule, whenever a potential situation occurs on the court, no player may leave the bench area. If they do leave the bench area and don't participate in the altercation that's going on then they are ejected from this contest and there's no further penalty, which is what happened,'' the officials told a pool reporter. ''They all came onto the court. We went to the monitor and reviewed all of that. Based on the views that were given us it showed all of their players on the bench, came off the bench onto the court. The views we were given we didn't see anyone from the Minnesota bench come onto the floor.''

Nearly 3 minutes after the McBrayer-Ingram incident, Alabama lost John Petty to an ankle injury, according to Johnson, and the Crimson Tide ended the game playing just three players.

Leading by 14 with 10:17 left, the Golden Gophers saw their lead trimmed to 83-80 on Sexton's layup. Alabama had a chance to cut the deficit to one - or tie - after Sexton grabbed a rebound of a miss by Coffey, but he missed a mid-range right side jumper.

Coffey responded with a layup and foul to push the lead to 86-80, only to see Smith's dunk bring the Crimson Tide within four. McBrayer knocked down two free throws with 18 seconds remaining and Michael Hurt's free throw increased Minnesota's lead to 89-83, before Sexton made two free throws with 1 second remaining.

''We fought to the very end,'' Johnson said. ''There was no surrender in our team. That's the bright spot in today's game.''

BIG PICTURE:

ALABAMA: Following Friday's 72-59 win over BYU, Johnson said his team wasn't ready to take the next step. And what transpired on the Barclays Center court may have proved him right. Alabama played much of the second half without a bench due to five players being ejected, another fouling out and another being injured.

MINNESOTA: The Golden Gophers looked ready for Big 10 play. Minnesota grabbed 40 rebounds - 17 offensive - while blocking six shots and forcing 13 turnovers.

NOTABLE:

ALABAMA: It could be argued the championship game of the Barclays Center Classic was Sexton's national coming out party. He entered the game leading the Crimson Tide in points (21.5 per game) and assists (4.3).

MINNESOTA: The Golden Gophers improved to 1-2 all-time against Alabama.

UP NEXT:

ALABAMA: Hosts Louisiana Tech on Wednesday night.

MINNESOTA: Hosts No. 11 Miami on Wednesday night.

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Key Players
D. Ingram
12 G
J. Murphy
30.8 Min. Per Game 30.8
22.5 Pts. Per Game 22.5
1.8 Ast. Per Game 1.8
11.7 Reb. Per Game 11.7
52.4 Field Goal % 64.4
22.2 Three Point % 28.6
58.8 Free Throw % 70.6
+ 1 Collin Sexton made 2nd of 2 free throws 1.0
+ 1 Collin Sexton made 1st of 2 free throws 1.0
  Personal foul on Reggie Lynch 1.0
  Defensive rebound by Galin Smith 8.0
  Michael Hurt missed 2nd of 2 free throws 8.0
+ 1 Michael Hurt made 1st of 2 free throws 8.0
  Personal foul on Galin Smith 8.0
  Defensive rebound by Michael Hurt 10.0
  Collin Sexton missed 2nd of 2 free throws 10.0
  Collin Sexton missed 1st of 2 free throws 10.0
  Personal foul on Amir Coffey 10.0
Team Stats
Points 84 89
Field Goals 27-58 (46.6%) 30-66 (45.5%)
3-Pointers 7-18 (38.9%) 8-19 (42.1%)
Free Throws 23-32 (71.9%) 21-27 (77.8%)
Total Rebounds 36 40
Offensive 10 15
Defensive 21 23
Team 5 2
Assists 9 16
Steals 4 7
Blocks 6 6
Turnovers 13 12
Fouls 20 25
Technicals 3 4
40 PTS, 6 REB, 5 AST
20 PTS, 1 REB, 3 AST
12T
away team logo 25 Alabama 5-1 295584
home team logo 14 Minnesota 7-0 414889
Team Stats
away team logo 25 Alabama 5-1 72.0 PPG 41.2 RPG 12.3 APG
home team logo 14 Minnesota 7-0 70.6 PPG 40.2 RPG 14.5 APG
Key Players
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C. Sexton G PPG RPG APG FG%
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N. Mason G PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
C. Sexton G 40 PTS 6 REB 5 AST
N. Mason G 20 PTS 1 REB 3 AST
46.6 FG% 45.5
38.9 3PT FG% 42.1
71.9 FT% 77.8
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
C. Sexton 40 6 5 12/22 4/7 12/16 4 36 1 0 3 1 5
D. Hall 8 7 0 3/8 0/0 2/2 1 15 0 1 0 2 5
J. Petty 5 2 0 2/6 1/4 0/0 0 23 0 1 2 1 1
H. Jones 2 0 0 0/1 0/0 2/2 1 8 0 0 2 0 0
D. Giddens 0 2 1 0/1 0/0 0/0 2 9 0 0 2 1 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
C. Sexton 40 6 5 12/22 4/7 12/16 4 36 1 0 3 1 5
D. Hall 8 7 0 3/8 0/0 2/2 1 15 0 1 0 2 5
J. Petty 5 2 0 2/6 1/4 0/0 0 23 0 1 2 1 1
H. Jones 2 0 0 0/1 0/0 2/2 1 8 0 0 2 0 0
D. Giddens 0 2 1 0/1 0/0 0/0 2 9 0 0 2 1 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
R. Norris 13 2 0 4/8 2/5 3/4 4 25 1 0 0 0 2
G. Smith 10 8 0 3/5 0/0 4/5 2 26 1 3 1 4 4
D. Ingram 4 2 3 2/5 0/1 0/1 5 25 1 1 2 0 2
A. Johnson Jr. 2 2 0 1/1 0/0 0/2 0 7 0 0 1 1 1
A. Reese 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
L. Schaffer - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Davis - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Key - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Fuller - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 84 31 9 27/58 7/18 23/32 20 177 4 6 13 10 21
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
N. Mason 20 1 3 6/10 4/6 4/5 3 23 0 0 2 0 1
J. Murphy 19 14 0 7/11 1/1 4/5 5 30 2 3 3 8 6
A. Coffey 12 7 0 4/11 0/3 4/7 3 36 1 0 3 1 6
R. Lynch 8 10 2 1/4 0/0 6/6 3 30 3 3 0 4 6
D. McBrayer 7 0 8 2/9 1/3 2/2 3 31 0 0 0 0 0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
N. Mason 20 1 3 6/10 4/6 4/5 3 23 0 0 2 0 1
J. Murphy 19 14 0 7/11 1/1 4/5 5 30 2 3 3 8 6
A. Coffey 12 7 0 4/11 0/3 4/7 3 36 1 0 3 1 6
R. Lynch 8 10 2 1/4 0/0 6/6 3 30 3 3 0 4 6
D. McBrayer 7 0 8 2/9 1/3 2/2 3 31 0 0 0 0 0
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
I. Washington 14 0 2 7/15 0/1 0/0 3 26 1 0 3 0 0
J. Harris 6 1 1 2/4 2/4 0/0 0 7 0 0 0 1 0
D. Fitzgerald 2 2 0 1/2 0/1 0/0 2 5 0 0 1 0 2
M. Hurt 1 1 0 0/0 0/0 1/2 1 8 0 0 0 0 1
B. Konate 0 2 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 4 0 0 0 1 1
G. Diedhiou - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Rudrud - - - - - - - - - - - - -
H. Conroy - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 89 38 16 30/66 8/19 21/27 25 200 7 6 12 15 23