Oregon State forward Jarmal Reid was ejected during last night’s game against Utah for intentionally tripping referee Tommy Nunez. Reid, who was frustrated at a no-call that sent him to the ground while trying to secure a loose ball, stuck his foot just as the referee ran by. The official was sent tumbling down as both made eye contact. Nunez immediately hit Reid with a Flagrant 2 and ejected him with 2:56 remaining.
“It was obviously a fortuitous deal for us,” Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak said. “Not a great break for them. It’s unfortunate that was part of the game.”
Oregon State coach Wayne Tinkle said he would be looking more closely into what happened.
“I will have to review and discuss the entire play with Jarmal,” Tinkle said. “Obviously, we don’t — ever — want to shed a negative light on our program or university or conduct ourselves in any manner other than first class, on or off the court.”
Tinkle hadn’t yet seen the play and Reid “swore he didn’t do anything.” Officials did tell the coach it was clearly intentional.
“I’m just disappointed, very disappointed,” Tinkle said. “It was a hell of a ballgame. It’s a shame, just a shame.”
Jarmal Reid deserved to get ejected for this blatant trip on an official and whatever other punishment the NCAA deems acceptable.