Coach Wil Jones became so incensed with the officiating tonight that he pulled his University of the District of Columbia team off the floor with 4 minutes 51 seconds remaining and the Firebirds trailing Division II powerhouse Wright State, 76-63.
Six technical fouls were called against UDC, three against Coach Jones, two against star center Earl Jones and one against the UDC bench. Undefeated Wright State (7-0) converted the technical fouls and the following possessions into nine points.
Jones pulled the Firebirds (5-5) after his third technical resulted in his being ejected from the game.
UDC Athletic Director Orby Moss was at the game and said Jones' action was justified.
Moss issued a statement:
"Wright State has a good team. They might have won anyway. Our action is in no way a reflection on our host Wright State, but the situation became intolerable with regards to the officiating. The officials plainly lost control of the game and our student-athletes were taking too much physical abuse with no official protection.
"There is a time when you can't help but stop telling the kids 'stick in there' knowing that they're getting cheated and the situation will only get worse. A possible victory for us isn't worth being subjected to the atmosphere we played in tonight."
The officials, assigned by Mid-American Conference Commissioner Fred Jacoby, were Buhl Roach and Sid rodenheffer.
The game is officially recorded as a 76-63 Wright State victory, not a forfeit.
Earl Jones and Michael Britt had 21 points each for the Firebirds, Jones five shots while Britt captured seven rebounds and four steals, but the visitors were never in the game after trailing, 43-31, at halftime.
Earl Jones took one technical for touching the backboard and another for hanging on the rim after a dunk. The Firebirds contended he did neither.
Coach Jones suffered one technical early and the other two when he lost control after freshman Jones was called for blocking on a play the coach thought was a clear charging foul on the Wright State player.
Rodney Benson led Wright State with 22 points.