A crowd of sellout came to the Garden to watch the semifinals of the Big East showcase. Instead, it watches the worst league offer.
For a conference that started the season opener by spitting out an accidental whistle in the final seconds of the fight between St. John and Seton Hall, Big East officials appropriately added a final controversial chapter in their campaign against Pirates 'Marquette' s 81-79.
Three players are released. Six technical fouls are called at Seton Hall. Three were passed to Marquette. Keep track of delays that take up to 10 minutes. A total of 57 fouls have been called, a total of 85 free throws have been attempted.
"I have never had anything like what happened to a basketball game before. It's not clear," said Marquette coach Steve Wojciechowski.
"It's a lot of unusual things, I do not know if I want to get the details, it's the most unusual basketball game I've had in my life, and I feel bad about my children. , and they cry out. I want to have a chance to decide on our children in this game, and to their children. "
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However, the total of three starters from two teams – Sandro Mamukelashvili of Seton Hall, and Marquette & # 39; s Sacar Amin and Theo John – were released. John is booted for what is considered "intense contact." Mamukelashvili was assessed by a technical, then released after doing "unsporting contact … considered serious in nature," while Amin was thrown out with two T's.
Powell received a technical, and believed he was thrown away, however, but brought after an earlier evidently foul was confused with a technical.
"I will not say they can not understand, but probably not clearly expressed to them," said the official James Breeding. "The bank of Seton Hall thinks he's been discharged. When I see he's in the locker room, I go to them and say, 'He's got a technical foul, a live ball that's bright personal foul, which does not result in spillage. & # 39;
"I think this is improperly revealed over PA. "
Then a rugged battle game was almost broken in the last minutes, with seemingly endless strings of questionable timely calls.
Big East broke the contest policy by allowing both teams to close their locker rooms after the game, which players can not use.
"I'm just saying that the fouls are called fouls that we call the whole year," said breeding.
Perhaps the problem.