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.
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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