Providence indispensable a hint Friday night, and Ed Cooley attempted to yield it. Instead, a manager perceived a technical tainted that all though finished his Friars’ hopes in a NCAA Tournament.
Trailing 11th-seeded Dayton by 8 points with 3:42 left, Cooley addressed his group during a timeout with some old-school chair tossing. It wasn’t Bobby Knight-level or anything, though it was meant to send a summary to his players.
The refs evidently suspicion Cooley’s summary was for them and immediately T’d him up. That didn’t assistance matters, as Cooley, who argued with a officials progressing in a game, immediately jumped to his possess defense, and Dayton kept building movement en track to a 66-53 win over sixth-seeded Providence.
“Me personally, I’m a impression guy,” Cooley said, around SI.com. “That to me was wrong in my opinion. I’m coaching my team.”
The NCAA disagreed, as coordinator of officials John Adams pronounced in a statement, around SI.com, that Cooley’s chair slap constituted “bench crew committing an unsportsmanlike act.”
Also during emanate was either or not a diversion — played in Columbus, Ohio — unequivocally was a neutral site. Dayton is located 70 miles west of Columbus, and Nationwide Arena was filled with “Go Flyers” chants. The Friars were called for 21 fouls, compared to a Flyers’ 14, and shot only 7 giveaway throws, compared to Dayton’s 30.
“I’m going to hang with a tenure that this was a neutral setting,” Cooley said, around SI.com. “Extremely neutral.”
Dayton played the first-round contest diversion during the home arena.
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