COLLEGE PARK -- Two technical fouls were handed out just before the end of the first half of Saturday’s game between Maryland and Wisconsin following a scuffle involving Maryland freshman Diamond Stone.
During the chase for a loose ball, replay appears to show Stone making downward open-handed contact with the head of Wisconsin junior Vitto Brown, driving him toward the ground, while simultaneously it appears fellow Wisconsin junior Nigel Hayes moves Stone from behind. Words were exchanged between the two teams and they had to be separated.
After the game, a 70-57 Maryland loss, head referee DJ Carstensen explained what his crew saw and why the ruling they made followed.
“We had a jump ball. The two players fell to the floor. We had a contact deadball technical foul against [Stone],” he said in a statement provided to the media. “Then we had an unsporting technical foul against [Wisconsin’s Charlie Thomas].”
“It was a flagrant one foul [on Stone]. That’s what we deemed it. We say that was a flagrant one contact foul. The ball was dead and there was contact. Unsporting was [Thomas] for what he said, verbal.”
Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon was asked what he saw from his vantage point during the sequence. Stone did not start the second half, then entered the game a few minutes into the final period.
“I did not see it. I’ve heard about it,” Turgeon said. “It was a pretty physical game at the time. I will watch it and I will talk to Diamond.”
Wisconsin head coach Greg Gard was also asked.
“I got blocked actually from it as it all happened. I just knew there were a congregation of a lot of guys out there discussing some things, I guess, what happened,” he said.
“So when Mark walked out, then I just walked out there too and made sure everybody -- you know, cooler heads prevailed. And I talked to the officials and I was satisfied with their explanation of it. We have terrific officials in this league and we had a great crew on this game tonight. These games are hard to officiate and I thought they handle the situation extremely well.”