Fouls the main topic after Marquette-Seton Hall Big East Tournament game

first_imgThe stats tell the big story of Seton Hall’s 81-79 victory over Marquette in the Big East Tournament semifinals. They lay out a gory tale:Three ejections. Nine technical fouls.Fifty-seven total fouls.BIG EAST TOURNAMENT: Schedule, TV times, resultsEighty-five free throws.Tensions were so high during and after the game (including in the handshake line) that both schools took the rare step of keeping their locker rooms closed to reporters after the contest. Only the coaches and Seton Hall leading scorer Myles Powell spoke to the media.Officials James Breeding, Tim Clark and Tim Clougherty doled out the fouls in a regulation game that took two hours and 50 minutes to play. They also had to deal with a second-half scuffle that resulted in Marquette players Sacar Anim and Theo John and Seton Hall player Sandro Mamukelashvili being tossed.The rationale for the ejections is laid out at the 3-minute mark of the video below:3 ejections on one play 😱Things are getting HEATED between Seton Hall and Marquette at the Big East Tournament. pic.twitter.com/kShqDzfa3r— FOX College Hoops (@CBBonFOX) March 16, 2019Powell thought he was ejected, too. He even ran into the tunnel at Madison Square Garden. He was summoned back after Breeding told the teams that Powell was still in the game. Confusion over the nature of a first-half foul caused the mixup.Breeding addressed the situation with a pool reporter postgame:THIS JUST IN: Lead official James Breeding’s statement to AP Reporter Mike Fitzpatrick after tonight’s Seton Hall – Marquette Big East Semifinal pic.twitter.com/0D7X8OHqSx— John Fanta (@John_Fanta) March 16, 2019Marquette coach Steve Wojciechowski “bit his tongue” when he was asked about the referees’ work (per Matt Norlander of CBSSports.com). “I don’t judge officials. That’s for you guys to decide,” he said.Wojciechowski also said he had “never had anything like that happen in a basketball game before. It’s unexplainable. Unexplainable.”The conference had not released a statement as of early Saturday.last_img

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