Emotions can run high when facing a rival, especially when said rival is using you and your squad to put on a clinic. Usually though, players take out their frustration by slamming things or punching water coolers, not their opponents.
With BYU down double digits in the second half in their game at Utah, BYU player Nick Emery blindsided Utah guard Brandon Taylor with a punch underneath the basket as a shot was going up. Needless to say, it looked as ugly as it sounds.
BYU head coach Dave Rose said that Emery told him Taylor hit him with a forearm to the face, provoking Emery to retaliate.
Sounds like Taylor had a high arm on Emery, Emery felt like that was dirty, he retaliated. Officials said Taylor's arm was a basketball play
— Kyle Goon (@kylegoon) December 3, 2015
The refs didn’t see anything malicious from Taylor and therefore proceeded to eject Emery, while Taylor stayed in the game.
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