In perhaps the craziest game of the college basketball season, Alabama beat No. 19 South Carolina, 90-86, in quadruple overtime Tuesday.
“I didn’t know if the game (was going to end),” Alabama guard Riley Norris said on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “The game was going back and forth, back and forth, and I’m just happy (we won). It was a great game. It was tough, a tough environment to play in. We know they’re very good, very well-coached, but we got a great team win tonight.”
South Carolina (19-5) scored just 16 points in the first half but erupted for 70 in the “second half.” But it wasn’t enough. Norris, who played a team-high 46 minutes, had 11 points, 14 rebounds, four assists and, amazingly, finished without a turnover.
Did we mention that Norris, a guard, had 14 rebounds?
“We knew going into the game that they were a real tough rebounding team, and we had to dominate the boards if we were going to have a chance to win,” said the 6-7 Norris. “Especially when Dazon (Ingram) and (Braxton Key) went out of the game, we had to step up and rebound. I just tried to do my part, and I’m just glad we got the team win. I’m glad I can help the team out tonight.”
Both teams had three players foul out. South Carolina senior guard Sindarius Thornwell led all scorers with 44 points, had a game-high 21 rebounds and shot 25-of-33 from the foul line.
Norris, however, scored six of his 11 points in the fourth overtime to lead Alabama (14-9) to victory.
“We work all offseason for these kind of games,” Norris said. “These moments, you want to (have endurance) and want to last. Teammates got me open and I just knocked down some free throws, hit a lay-up, tried to find the right player, make an open play. I’ve never been a part of anything like it, but like I said, I’m just glad we came out with the win. It was a big road win against a very good team.”
Alabama hosts No. 15 Kentucky (19-5) this Saturday at 1 p.m. ET.