in a wild college basketball saturdaythe most impressive moment could have happened during a game interruption.

During the second half of the game between Auburn and No. 3 AlabamaAuburn student Craig Noyes walked onto the field for a chance to buy a new car.

Auburn head coach Bruce Pearl walks off the court after losing to Alabama on Saturday, February 11, 2023, in Auburn. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

During a dead time, the Auburn sophomore stepped up to a 94-foot full-court putt in front of a sold-out crowd at Neville Arena.

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And the result may have sparked the loudest roar of the day among the Auburn faithful.

«Honestly, my main goal was just not to bench him,» Noyes told The Associated Press.

«It was so loud when I got close to the ball. Once I hit it, I totally shut myself off. I couldn’t hear anyone,» he said. «It wasn’t until the announcer put a hand on my shoulder and said I had won a car that I believed it.»

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Noyes, who was randomly selected to putt, told the AP that he did not have a car before Saturday afternoon.

Auburn guard Tre Donaldson dribbles around Alabama guard Jahvon Quinerly on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2023, in Auburn, Alabama.

Auburn guard Tre Donaldson dribbles around Alabama guard Jahvon Quinerly on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2023, in Auburn, Alabama. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

«I was in the tunnel for about 15 minutes, swinging the stick and trying to stay loose and relaxed,» he said. «I was so nervous.»

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While it was a great day for Noyes, his Tigers couldn’t pull off the upset. against the crimson tide.

Alabama remained undefeated in SEC play, outscoring Auburn 77-69.

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Alabama head coach Nate Oats reacts to a basket against Auburn, Saturday, February 11, 2023.

Alabama head coach Nate Oats reacts to a basket against Auburn, Saturday, February 11, 2023. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

«Our team is playing good basketball right now,» Tigers coach Bruce Pearl said. «We’re playing well. We’re just not playing well enough to beat the best team in the country.»

The loss left Auburn at 17-8 and 7-5 in conference play.

Associated Press contributed to this report

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