The technical foul on Isaac Humphries with nine seconds left in overtime was the pivotal moment in tonight’s game. Isaac celebrated a rebound by slamming the ball to the ground, earning at technical from the refs. Texas A&M took the lead on free throws, and although Skal Labissiere tied it up, the Aggies got the ball at the end of the game.
Tyler Ulis said Isaac Humphries felt awful after the game, and couldn’t stop apologizing for his technical foul.
“He kept staying sorry, but I just told him there’s nothing to be sorry about,” Tyler said. “Disregard it. They’ll make these free throws and they still have to come down and score. And they came down and they scored. You can’t blame this on Isaac at all. Isaac came in and did a great job and I told him multiple times, there’s nothing to be sorry about. He’s still in the locker room saying sorry.”
Before the technical, Isaac had 6 points and 12 rebounds, and, considering UK’s problems inside, this may have been his best game yet…until the end.
“I was fine,” Calipari said of his message to Isaac after the game. “He was celebrating, he was so happy, there was no disrespect to anybody. If that’s what they choose to call, what are you going to do? You can be mad or whatever, but I’m not mad at that kid, are you kidding me? Great kid.”
That was the first of a few subtle digs by Calipari at the officiating tonight.
“It was a heck of a basketball game, I just hate how it was decided–what decided the game.”