Nebraska junior forward Isaiah Roby was ejected from Sunday night’s second-round NIT matchup with TCU at Schollmaier Arena.
Roby, 6-foot-8, 230 pounds, was called for a “Flagrant 2” foul with 11:59 remaining in the game, noticeably throwing TCU freshman guard Kendric Davis (5-11, 180) off him midway through the second half.
Davis lost control of the ball and he and Roby each went for the loose ball. Roby came away with it, but Davis tried to deflect a pass. Shortly after, Roby shoved Davis off forcibly.
Officials charged Roby with a Flagrant 2 foul, and upheld it after review. Roby exited for the locker rooms, greeted by boos from the TCU faithful.
“Yeah, I was surprised because I was trying to make sure it wasn’t a turnover,” Davis said of the incident. “I tried to get a jump ball. He reacted, I guess, cause they’re down. Kind of frustrated. But no hard feelings. Just move on from it.”
TCU was leading 57-49 at the time, and Davis made both free throws and then a 3-pointer on the ensuing possession to build TCU’s lead to 62-49.
Nebraska coach Tim Miles said afterward that wasn’t part of Roby’s character, and hadn’t seen the replay of the incident to give a strong opinion.
“I don’t know. I can’t speak to it,” Miles said. “Those plays are hard to ref anyway because they’re a loose ball and stuff happens. In the same way, if it’s a little contentious, you don’t want the game to get out of control. He fouled out on the play and was removed, but that’s not Isaiah’s character.
“I don’t know. But I know it hurt us because he’s a very good productive player on offense and defense. He changes the game. All of sudden now you don’t have that going for you. That hurts you.”
TCU went on to an 88-72 victory, and will face Creighton at 8 p.m. on Tuesday at Schollmaier Arena. The winner advances to the NIT semifinals and (possibly) finals at New York City’s Madison Square Garden.