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Spurs 'Little General' pulls off one of the greatest losses in basketball with three-man team

The referee speaks to Alabama head coach Avery Johnson after a fight broke out during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Minnesota, Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017, in New York. Minnesota won 89-84.(AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
The referee speaks to Alabama head coach Avery Johnson after a fight broke out during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Minnesota, Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017, in New York. Minnesota won 89-84.(AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

BROOKLYN – Given the circumstances, former San Antonio Spur Avery Johnson had the best loss of his NCAA coaching career on Saturday.

Johnson, head coach of the Alabama Crimson Tide men's basketball team, coached his team to a 89-84 loss against Minnesota at the Barclays Center Classic in Brooklyn.

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The narrow defeat, however, came after Alabama's entire bench was ejected, a player fouled out and another sprained his ankle, leaving Johnson with just three players. 

Johnson was able to make do with a 3 on 5 game for the final 10:50 of the game.

The remaining three men outscored Minnesota's five players 30-22, according to ESPN, and nearly gave the team a run for their money, quickly chipping away at their deficit.

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

Alabama comeback falls just short, despite playing with only three players for ten minutes https://t.co/oAk20SeG2q pic.twitter.com/MvC15sWdfW

— Deadspin (@Deadspin) November 26, 2017