Monday night was just not Marquette‘s night.
In the second half with his team trailing by three, Marquette head coach Buzz Williams was handed his first technical foul of the season. The Hoyas responded from the call by scoring the game’s next eight points, a key moment in that game that helped provide separation.
The technical foul was Williams’ fifth since taking the job at Marquette, so his anger on Monday night has never been an ongoing issue. In fact, Williams appeared to be using the technical as a ploy, although the situation backfired against Georgetown on Monday night. With the loss, the Golden Eagles fell to 17-6 overall and 8-3 within the conference, yet a shot at the regular season crown still remains well within reach.
Judging by his quote after the game, Williams appears okay with the officiating, however. He even credited the league’s crew for being the best in the country.
“I don’t know,” Williams said following the game. “If you average one technical per year in a BCS league, I think you’re probably doing OK. I think we have the best officials in the country. I was just hollering at somebody that would respond. We can make a big deal out of it if you want. I got a technical. I’m sorry. I may get a technical again next year. That’s my average. It’ll probably be on the road. If you want me to, I can tell you who has given me the technicals. I’ve gotten five technicals, three by one guy and one by one guy and one by another guy. That’s a pretty good ratio.”
Marquette will look to rebound this Saturday in another crucial league test when Pittsburgh comes to town.
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