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Miami's Jack McClinton Is Ejected For a Slap; Canes Go On to Lose

Dec 2, 2008 – 10:30 PM
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Shiloh Carder

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The Miami Hurricanes missed their leader tonight. All-ACC guard Jack McClinton was ejected in the first half of their ACC/Big Ten Challenge game against Ohio State after he took a swipe at Anthony Crater.

After passing the ball, McClinton swiped or slapped or smacked Crater in the face. It wasn't much, but it did tick off Buckeyes coach Thad Matta who made sure the officials took some sort of action. After a lengthy conference, they gave McClinton a flagrant foul and ejected him from the game. By the way, McClinton did this right after Crater hit him. Crater stayed in the game.

What made it worse is that the Canes had suspended sophomore point guard Eddie Rios before the game. Rios violated team rules and has been suspended indefinitely.

Miami, who was up by 12 when McClinton was thrown out, blew a second half lead and lost, 73-68.

When McClinton left the game he had 12 of the Canes' 19 points -- all on three point shots. The rest of the Canes would go on to shoot 2-of-19 from behind the arc and 19-of-53 from the field.

Ohio State exposed Miami's lack of guard play by pressuring them into all kinds of mistakes. The Buckeyes would go on a 13-0 second half run to get back into the game and just wore out Miami down the stretch.

This is the second road win for the Big Ten in this Challenge after the ACC reeled off 11 straight..
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