Alabama upsets No. 20 Wichita State 64-60
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) One big win for Avery Johnson and Alabama. One scary situation for No. 20 Wichita State and everyone on the court.
Shannon Hale scored 20 points and Riley Norris added 12 as the Crimson Tide beat the Shockers 64-60 on Friday in the consolation round of the AdvoCare Invitational.
The game was delayed with 3:07 left in the second half when Wichita State forward Anton Grady fell face-first on the court. He was strapped to a backboard, taken off on a stretcher and transported to a hospital.
''Anton is alert and awake and talking,'' Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall said. ''He has feeling in his extremities but he can't move.''
Marshall said Grady was conscious while being treated on the court.
The school said a CT scan came back negative, and Grady is scheduled to undergo an MRI exam. Grady is alert and responsive, has feeling in his extremities and is in overall good spirits, according to the school.
Grady was injured when he turned and started to run from the offensive zone to play defense, and his chin made contact an Alabama player. The impact caused his head to rotate to one side.
''Seeing your brother on the court like that, it's more than a game at that point,'' teammate Ron Baker said. ''It's life.''
''Our prayers are with him,'' Norris said.
It was first time Alabama (3-2) beat a Top 25 team on a neutral court since Nov. 29, 2009, a 68-66 victory over then-No. 15 Michigan.
''This was a team victory,'' said Johnson, who is in his first year as Alabama coach. ''I'm proud of them.''
Wichita State (2-3) lost its second straight invitational game without senior guard Fred VanVleet, who missed his third consecutive game overall due to ankle and hamstring injuries. He twisted his ankle in the season opener Nov. 13 against Charleston Southern and then was limited by hamstring soreness four days later in a game with Tulsa.
''Disappointing,'' Marshall said. ''I thought we had a chance again, a lead midway through the second half and didn't finish. It's been the same story in all three of our losses.''
Hale made one of two free throws to make it 62-60 with 36 seconds left. After Wichita State failed to score on its next possession, Norris secured the win with two from the foul line.
Alabama went ahead 58-55 with 5 minutes left on 3s by Hale and Norris in the back-and forth game.
After Norris hit a 3 during a 9-1 Alabama surge, Markis McDuffie tied it with a trey, and another long-range jumper from Baker gave Wichita State a 55-52 advantage with 8 minutes remaining.
Baker had 15 points.
Baker had a 3-pointer during a 7-2 run that put Wichita State up 48-43 with 12 minutes to play.
Hale had 12 points as Alabama took a 32-30 lead at the half.
The Crimson Tide made 8 of 9 free throws over the final 3 minutes of the half.
Wichita State: The Shockers have never gone 0-3 in a tourney. ... Wichita State dropped into the consolation round after losing 72-69 to Southern California on Thursday.
Alabama: The Crimson Tide played a ranked opponent in consecutive non-conference games for the first time since November 2001 when they took on fifth-ranked Missouri and No. 12 Memphis. ... Alabama lost 64-45 to No. 23 Xavier on Thursday.
Alabama made 25 of 33 free throws, compared to 12 of 18 for Wichita State . ... There were 42 fouls and just two fast-break points.
Alabama: Faces No. 17 Notre Dame in Sunday's fifth-place game.
Wichita State: Closes out the tourney against Iowa in Sunday's seventh-place game.