WACO, Texas (AP) — Baylor athletic director Mack Rhoades criticized Big 12 officials after coach Scott Drew was ousted for the first time in his 21 seasons with the 18th-ranked Bears, then from picking up two technical fouls in a win over No. 12 Iowa State on Saturday night.
The ejection came after Drew was charged with his second technical foul with about 11 1/2 minutes remaining. Just seconds later, the Baylor bench was awarded another technical foul.
In that less than half-minute span with a personal foul and those technical fouls against Baylor, the Cyclones made all eight of their free throws. That was part of a 20-0 run that put them ahead before Baylor rallied to win 70-68.
“Tonight was an embarrassment to this league,” Rhoades said. ”Scott (Drew) said it, we have the best basketball league in the country. And tonight’s refereeing was not up to par. Period, end of story. This league needs to improve when we think about our officiating. And we have some fantastic officials.
“But this particular team tonight didn’t rise to the level of this game, and that shouldn’t happen in this league.”
When asked what he could do about it, Rhoades said he wasn’t sure, but he would call the Big 12 office.
Big 12 Commissioner Brett Yormark was present at the game. The officials were Jeb Hartness, Chance Moore and Christopher Merlo.
Both of Drew’s technical fouls, the first midway through the first half, apparently came from him being outside the training area around the bench area. Drew said he wasn’t sure.
“I don’t think he got any explanations the whole game,” Drew said. “Everything will be sent to the league.”
Rhoades walked off the court with Drew after the ejection, and the coach said the two watched the rest of the game together on television. They could hear the crowd’s reactions a second or two before seeing what led to those responses.
“You put a lot into it, and if you’re the reason you lose, there’s no worse feeling,” Drew said. “And I thank God that he didn’t make me feel that tonight, because I know that if we had lost, and those technical aspects, those points, they add up. I have to do better.”
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