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Ejected Tigers miss happy ending

Ejected Tigers miss happy ending

Posted: Thursday, January 26, 2012 7:00 pm

MEMPHIS (AP) — Will Barton and Tarik Black, two key players for Memphis, weren’t around to see the end of Wednesday night’s game against Rice.
Their departure after a second-half skirmish that saw multiple players ejected just meant they didn’t see the ultimate margin of the Tigers victory over the Owls.
Chris Crawford scored 15 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead Memphis to a 73-51 victory over Rice.
Antonio Barton added 11 points and Tarik Black had 10, hitting all five of his shots before he was ejected during a skirmish under the Tigers basket with 7:21 left in the game.
Memphis guard Joe Jackson was on a breakaway after a turnover by Rice’s Tamir Jackson, who then fouled Joe Jackson hard as he went up for the layup.
“It looked bad from my angle,” Will Barton said. “I thought (Joe Jackson) was out. He was up pretty high and dude just came and got him out of nowhere. I was just concerned. I thought he had cracked his head. He went down pretty hard, so I just reacted.”
Officials immediately called an intentional foul on Tamir Jackson, who was ejected, but the players then got into a tussle under the Tigers’ basket that quickly escalated. That brought Memphis coach Josh Pastner running into the fray trying to separate and push players aside.
“Those two were okay,” Rice coach Ben Braun said of Tamir Jackson and Joe Jackson. “But the other guys who came off the bench down there in front of their bench, including (Pastner), came out and ran the floor. I don’t think that needed to happen.”
Braun later added that Pastner was even pushing Rice players.
“I know Josh. I don’t think that was his intention. I think he just reacted, but that never helps anything.”
Will Barton and Trey Draper of Memphis (14-6, 5-1 Conference USA), along with Black, were ejected for leaving the bench.
Tamir Jackson had 10 points for Rice (11-10, 2-4) before being ejected.
By the time all the resulting foul shots fell, the Tigers still led 60-37.
Connor Frizzelle and Omar Oraby also finished with 10 points for the Owls.
Arsalan Kazemi, the Owls’ leading scorer at 13.9 points per game, entered the game hampered by a bad knee and aggravated the injury just before halftime. He was limited to four points.
In addition to Kazemi’s knee problems, Lucas Kuipers, a reserve forward who averages 7.1 points per game, and Emerson Herndon, another reserve, were suspended for the game by Braun for violating unspecified team rules.
Published in The Messenger 1.26.12

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