Texas center James Banks (4) is defended by Angelo State's Michael Thomas (5) and Gustavs Puhovs (10) at the Frank Erwin Center on Nov. 2, 2016. (Stephen Spillman / for AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

BEVO BEAT Men's Basketball

Did James Banks deserve ejection he received during Texas’ loss to Northwestern?

Posted November 22nd, 2016

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Texas suffered its first loss of the season Monday night, falling 77-58 to Northwestern in the semifinals of the Legends Classic at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

The No. 22-ranked Longhorns weren’t helped when freshman forward James Banks received an ejection in the second half. Officials took more than 3 minutes to review the play in question and make a decision.

Watch the play in question below.

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As you can hear in the video, the referees called a “flagrant 2 for throwing a punch.” Banks exited the game with 11:54 left, having played 21 minutes. He had two rebounds, one assist and one block. He did not attempt a shot in the game.

Texas never led, as the Wildcats opened with an 11-0 run and led 34-26 at halftime. Bryant McIntosh had a game-high 20 points for Northwestern, while sophomore guard Tevin Mack scored 18 off the bench for the Longhorns. Texas plays Colorado at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday in a consolation game.

What do you think? Should Banks have been ejected?

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