Marquette struggled to score all night and had to grind every possession out on each end of the floor to get back in the game. Which is just what they did.
Early in the second half, with the score 37-34 and Marquette’s ball, the officials apparently missed an out-of-bounds call that went against the Golden Eagles. That is when Buzz Williams, who had been getting on the officials and being very vocal throughout the contest, was assessed a technical foul.
Otto Porter Jr., connected on both free throws to put the Hoyas up five points and then made field goal to give the Hoyas a seven point lead. A lead that they would never relinquish.
In fact, the Golden Eagles only got to within six points once after that sequence, which was on a free throw right after Porter Jr’s jumper. With Marquette on a 9-2 run to cut the game to one possession (37-34), Williams has to know better than to get a technical foul in that situation. He cost his team any momentum they had built and that they had fought so hard to regain. That is a rookie coaching mistake.
Usually coaches will get a technical foul to help inspire their club or to make a point to the officials when the game is out of hand.
Williams’ technical foul did the exact opposite. He killed his team’s energy and made the game about him instead of his team, as his assistant coaches and players had to help restrain Williams from continuing to attack the officials.
Young coaches learn from Buzz. There is a place for everything and as coaches tell their point guards “time and score.”
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