Gregg Marshall: ‘Worst officiating I’ve seen in a long time’ following 2 game-changing technicals


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Wichita State freshman Erik Stevenson fights for the ball against Cincinnati senior Cane Broome during the game on Jan. 19, 2019 at Charles Koch Arena. Stevenson received a foul instead of a tie-up by the refs. (Photo by Joseph Barringhaus/The Sunflower).

Wichita State freshman Erik Stevenson looked Cincinnati’s star player Jarron Cumberland in the eyes and muttered, “I’m not afraid of you.

The result changed the game.

Officials broke into the banter of the two heated teams, and assessed Stevenson with a technical foul for his comment. Stevenson solemnly walked to his coach, and told Gregg Marshall “I told him ‘I’m not afraid of you.‘” Marshall darted at the official. It took the entire bench to hold WSU’s seasoned coach back.

Boom, another technical. Marshall’s second of the year.

Marshall stayed in the ear of the official for all of Cincinnati’s six free throws. For the time, coaching took a break. Marshall was livid, and he didn’t want his message to go unnoticed. His comments continued for a series of ensuing possessions.

This series, reunited by the Shockers joining the American, has been testy. The last two games have each been decided by a sole possession — and last year that decided the conference champion.

Tensions were high. Words were exchanged. WSU caught the bad end of it all.

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Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall waves his hand to the refs during the game on Jan. 19, 2019 at Charles Koch Arena. (Photo by Joseph Barringhaus/The Sunflower).

Cincinnati capped the win at the free throw line, where they lined up for 35 attempts. WSU had seven.

“That was the worst officiating I’ve seen in a long time,” Marshall said at the conclusion of the game. “I felt like a road team inside Koch Arena.”

WSU’s sell-out crowd took notice to the foul disparity, as chants filled the arena.

Refs, you suck.

Refs, you suck.

Refs, you suck.

After knocking in those six free throws, Cincinnati had only time in their way. Run the clock down and win the game.

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Fans cheer after the Shockers make a basket in their game against Cincinnati on Jan. 19, 2019 at Charles Koch Arena. (Photo by Joseph Barringhaus/The Sunflower).

But for WSU, there were statements of the officiating to the final buzzer. With a too little, too late rally, the Shockers put pressure on the Bearcats in the backcourt. On an inbounds play, Cincinnati’s Cane Broome was clearly trapped. Running out of time, he motioned for a timeout.

Timeout. Timeout. Timeout.

The officials blew a whistle. Stevenson was charged for the foul, his third.

It just didn’t make sense.

“We didn’t even know how to feel after that game,” WSU’s Markis McDuffie said. “I thought we played our hearts out, but things just didn’t go our way.” 

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Wichita State senior Markis McDuffie fights on the ground for a ball during the game against Cincinnati on Jan. 19, 2019 at Charles Koch Arena. McDuffie scored 21 of the Shockers 55 points in their loss to Cincinnati. (Photo by Joseph Barringhaus/The Sunflower).