A bench-clearing fight broke out in Birmingham during Thursday night’s UAB-Louisiana Tech men’s basketball game (which I know you were following closely).
Here are a couple videos of the scene:
High Drama in BirminghamTonite between UAB and Louisiana Tech Hoops. Some players will be ejected pic.twitter.com/qdlc1nVFjT
— Jimmy Harris (@JimmyHa29759472) January 27, 2017
And while benches clearing is always interesting, the main takeaway from this story is that Louisiana Tech was forced to finish the game with four players, due to everyone else on the team being ejected. Yes, the Bulldogs had to play four-on-five vs UAB:
Louisiana Tech will continue the game with four players. McCree, Harris, DayDay and Omar will finish the game. Everyone else ejected.
— #DunkinDogs (@LATechHoops) January 27, 2017
Here’s more on the ejections, from AL.Com:
UAB’s Hakeem Baxter and Louisiana Tech’s Jacobi Boykins were assessed flagrant technical fouls and ejected for fighting.
UAB’s William Lee was given a Class A technical foul, but not ejected. UAB head coach Robert Ehsan said he wasn’t given an explanation for Lee’s technical foul
All of Louisiana Tech’s bench was ejected for leaving the bench, so the Bulldogs finished the game with four players.
UAB’s bench players except for Tosin Mehinti and Thomas Smallwood were ejected for leaving. UAB bench players ejected were Denzell Watts, Nate Darling, Tyler Madison and Javien Williams.
The only four Louisiana Tech players who remained in the game were Erik McCree, Jalen Harris, DaQuan Bracey and Sherman.
Both head coaches remained. Assistant coaches and support staffers for both teams were ejected. Only trainers remained on the benches, except for UAB’s two players – Mehinti and Smallwood – who didn’t leave the bench.
And maybe the craziest part of all? Louisiana Tech actually outscored UAB 20-16 while playing four-on-five.
However, UAB won the game, 79-70.