David Collins’ dangerous foul on Duke forward Wendell Moore Jr. had even the Clemson radio team stunned and calling for a flagrant.
Thursday night’s battle between Duke and Clemson took a bad turn when Tiger guard David Collins committed a rash foul on Duke’s Wendell Moore Jr.
There were three minutes left in the second half when Moore stole the ball out of Collins’ hand and took off for a fast break dunk attempt. He made the dunk but Collins was trailing and took him out in midair, sending him crashing down onto the court.
The foul was so egregious, Clemson’s radio call immediately saw it as a flagrant and sided with a fuming Mike Krzyzewski.
Watch the brutal foul on Duke forward Wendell Moore Jr.
Collins was hit with a flagrant 2 and ejected from the game in a move Duke and Clemson fans won’t spend any time arguing about.
There is no room in the game for that kind of recklessness, whether intentional or not. Moore could have been severely injured. Fortunately, he was able to get up and play on.
There was some sportsmanship involved in the ejection at least. Collins went over to Moore and Krzyzewski to apparently apologize.
Collins was 0-for-2 with 3 rebounds, one assist and zero points before he was ejected.
Moore finished the first half with eight points and came back in the second half without incident.
It was a scary moment that hopefully reminds players about what they should and shouldn’t attempt on an airborne player.
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