Basketball player ejected after throwing a punch at opposition
Published: Sunday, March 3, 2013
Updated: Sunday, March 3, 2013 22:03
After pulling the game to within a single possession, sophomore center Tiana Burley handed USC Upstate two easy points and control of the ball with under 10 seconds remaining.
Burley was called for a flagrant-2 after the Bucs pulled the game to within a single possession.
Burley was whistled and ejected for a punch thrown in direction of a USC Upstate player Brittany Starling that sent her crumbling towards the floor.
ETSU was trailing 58-54 after the basket and before Burley threw the punch, after the resulting free throws the Spartans led 60-54 with just nine seconds remaining in regulation.
Burley’s ejection not only helped seal the win for USC Upstate, but will have lingering effects on the Bucs program and year, a mandatory one-game suspension following any flagrant-2 foul will follow ETSU and Burley into the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament that start Wednesday.
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