Casual college basketball fans learned a new rule on Thursday night: A team must finish a game even if they do not have five players.
With six minutes remaining in the Louisiana Tech–UAB game in Birmingham, things got heated. After the Blazers built a 13-point lead, the tourney-seeking Conference USA foes got into a benches-clearing fight that resulted in the ejections of all but 10 total players.
Under NCAA rules, non-participating players are not allowed to leave the bench during the game. It results in an immediate ejection if they do so, which — combined with the actions of some of the players participating on the court — resulted in a rare five (UAB) vs. four (Louisiana Tech) basketball game for six full minutes.
Amazingly, even though Louisiana Tech outscored UAB 20-16 during the power-play, they were unable to erase the full deficit, falling into a second-place tie (6-2) with the Blazers in the conference.
Tech bench pic.twitter.com/2IJjmBILOo
— Year of the Dragon (@The_DailyDragon) January 27, 2017
Louisiana Tech playing with FOUR players against UAB after everyone else ejected after fight. pic.twitter.com/HGdpOXaO0b
— Joe Wright (@Sctvman) January 27, 2017