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Davis' outburst costly for IU

©Associated Press
December 22, 2002

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Indiana coach Mike Davis, enraged by a foul not being called, ran wildly onto the court before Saturday's game with Kentucky was finished.

After being ejected, Davis watched the 18th-ranked Wildcats make five throws with 2.6 seconds left for a 70-64 victory, his sixth-ranked Hoosiers' first loss of the season.

"There's no way I should've acted like that," said Davis, thrown out of a game for the first time. "I can't explain it. I've done something to embarrass my team.

"There have been a lot of games won with 2.6 seconds on the clock. I cost us the game. I was so emotional. I need to learn and grow from this."

Davis, who led Indiana to the national championship game last season, was ejected for running on the court to protest a noncall on a possible winning layup by freshman Bracey Wright.

The Hoosiers trailed 65-64 when Davis exploded, but Keith Bogans made five of his six free throws to put the game out of reach.

The Wildcats took the lead on a layup by Marquis Estill with 12.8 seconds left, the sixth lead change during the final 2:16.

The Hoosiers didn't call a timeout in the closing seconds, and the ball ended up in the hands of Wright, Indiana's leading scorer.

He drove to the basket, but missed a layup off the side of the backboard.

"To tell you the truth, I really didn't see it once I went up," Wright said. "All I saw were a lot of white jerseys and a lot of arms. Then I saw myself going into a cameraman."

Bogans got the rebound, but Davis exploded off the bench and ran to confront referee Bert Smith near the free-throw line. He slapped his forehead and screamed that Wright was hit in the face by Kentucky center Jules Camara.

"No matter what the officials call, sometimes we're wrong and they're right and we don't know," Davis said. "I do apologize to that official because there's no reason for me to act that way."

Television replays showed that Indiana's Jeff Newton, not Camara, inadvertently grazed Wright, who scored 18 points.

Camara said he blocked Wright's shot.

"I want to see the replay," Camara said. "I was told it was a clean play. I don't know if I got him with the body or not."

Smith gave Davis plenty of leeway before calling two technical fouls as the furious coach followed him to midcourt.

Once Davis departed, Bogans walked up to Wright.

"I told him I thought he got fouled," Bogans said. "That's what it looked like to me."

Newton scored 24 points -- one off his career high -- for Indiana, which was off to its best start since opening 10-0 in 1989-90.

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