Missouri forfeits Dutch exhibition game
By Craig Bennett, USA TODAY
Missouri is in the midst of a five-game basketball exhibition tour of Europe, and the Tigers and coach Frank Haith had themselves an international incident of a sort Saturday in Amsterdam, according to The Kansas City Star.
Leading a Dutch national under-24 team by 25 points in the third quarter, Haith was ejected protesting a no-call after he felt one of his players had been elbowed in the head. He then pulled his team off the floor, forfeiting the game.
The Star reported that in a statment after the game Haith said he feared for his players’ safety but in hindsight wished he hadn’t halted the game.
“In retrospect I wish I had let our team play it out and learn from the adversity,” he said in the statement. “I take complete responsibility. This is a learning experience for us all.”
The incident comes slightly less than a year after Georgetown had a bench-clearing brawl while on an exhibition tour of China.
Dutch national team manager Matthijs Groot seemed to side with Haith.
“It (the ejection) came so suddenly came out of the blue,” Groot said in a statement, according to the Star. “There were inconsistent calls on both sides including a technical foul on the Dutch, so our staff could understand that the game was stopped. It was just a pity it got to that point.”