tigeraddikt 1,082 Posted December 20, 2017 Share Posted December 20, 2017 I watched the AU/Murray State game online on the OVC's digital network site. Kudos to the OVC for providing free live video of their teams' games online. I guess that demonstrates just how much money there is (not) to be made in OVC sporting broadcasts, but nevertheless, I appreciated being able to watch the game last night. The game is archived and can be viewed online at ovcdigitalnetwork.com. At the 56:05 mark is the flagrant foul by Spencer. During the game last night, without a replay, I was pissed at the refs for that call. However, after looking at it, I get a good idea of what happened. First off, a minute or so earlier, the refs blow a goal-tending call where Spencer just grabs an errant lob/shot by a Murray State player who just kinda tossed it in the general direction of the basket. However, the shot wasn't going to draw iron; the OVC announcers made this point themselves about that not being a goal-tend. So, Spencer gets wrongly called for a goal-tend, and he gets a little butt hurt (he's not the most emotionally sound player on the court to begin with). A couple possessions later, Desean Murray gets a great block that leads to a fast break for AU; Bryce Brown slings a beautiful 55 foot alley-oop pass to Heron, who has the finish blocked by a Murray State defender. Then Murray St. runs out on a fast break, and it ends up in the hands of a Racer at the basket, where Spencer pounds the guy, stupidly wrapping a chicken wing around the guy's jaw and neck, which is what warranted (and received) the Flagrant-2. He didn't mean to hurt the guy, as shown by Spencer's immediate reaction of regret, but that doesn't matter. He was pissed at the goal-tend blown call, and after the Heron alley-oop block, the Murray State defender turned around to stare at Heron, so there was some jawing and man-sizing going on during that 2 or 3 minute sequence toward the end of the 1st half. Spencer just needs to calm down and play within himself if he wants to get more minutes and help this team win. So, bottom line, the refs actually got it right on the Spencer ejection, but it was a bang-bang play that could've just been a Flagrant-1 had the refs not considered Spencer's actions "extreme in nature." Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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