Controversial Flagrant Call Plays Major Role as Pirates Fall to RazorbacksDate: March 17, 2017
The Pirates' season comes to an end in the Round of 64 for the second consecutive season after a 77-71 loss at the hands of the Arkansas Razorbacks on Friday afternoon. However, what everyone will remember from this one is the controversial flagrant-one foul called on Desi Rodriguez with 18.3 seconds remaining. The call gave Arkansas two free throws and possession.
Prior to this call, the Pirates struggled down the stretch. The Pirates had two possessions down the stretch trailing by just one point. The Pirates had the ball with just over a minute remaining, however a Khadeen Carrington turnover gave possession back to the Razorbacks. Then, still trailing by one point, Carrington committed a second turnover as he traveled with 24 seconds left to give Arkansas the ball. Additionally, the Pirates connected on just one of their final 11 shots.
Carrington was the leading scorer for The Hall as he tallied 22 points to go along with four rebounds and two assists. Angel Delgado got back to his double-double ways as he racked up 12 points while snatching 13 rebounds. Myles Powell had 24 solid minutes off the bench, scoring 10 points while connecting on two three-pointers.
For Arkansas, they were paced by big man Moses Kingsley, who led all scorers with 23 points while shooting 10-13 from the field. Jaylen Barford also put up 20 points for the Razorbacks, while also grabbing seven boards.
Arkansas had more efficient shooting than the Pirates on Friday, as the Razorbacks shot 47% from the field and 43% from deep. The Pirates only connected on 38% of their field goals while shooting 35% from the perimeter.
As has become commonplace, the Pirates dominated the glass. They outrebounded Arkansas 46-32, with an astounding 21 of those rebounds coming on the offensive glass.
Up next, the offseason. The Pirates will look to regroup for next season, welcoming in new recruits Myles Cale and Darnell Brodie.
But for now, it's a tough pill to swallow for the Pirates, as their season comes to an end earlier than they had hoped.
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