Dambrot’s Two Technicals Cap PSU Win Over Dukes

Duquesne coach explodes after quick technical late in game

Josh Rowntree
December 19, 2018 - 10:32 pm
Duquesne coach Keith Dambrot after being ejected during game vs Penn State in December 2018

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Keith Dambrot may have cost his team a key win over a power five program. The officials may have played a role, as well.

Dambrot was given a double technical foul with 5.7 seconds remaining in Duquesne’s 73-67 loss to Penn State at PPG Paints Arena. 

With the game tied, 67-67, Nittany Lions star forward Lamar Stevens appeared to push off, drove to the hoop and drew a blocking foul. Dambrot was hit with a quick technical for arguing the call. He then exploded, having to be restrained by multiple members of Duquesne’s team, including coaches and players. He was then given a second technical and tossed. 

Penn State’s Rasir Bolton made all four technical foul free throws and Stevens made the personal foul free throws, and Penn State escaped a back-and-forth slugfest. 

“There were three block/charge calls and we didn’t get any of them,” Dambrot said postgame. “I really don’t have any problem with the foul calls. Those are judgement calls. All three of them went against us. I thought, at that point, the technical foul was a little quick.

"How's he think I'm going to react after three bang-bangs went against us? Come over and say, ‘look, you've got to calm down or I'm going to T you.’ You just can't do that. It's just disrespectful. They're not doing that to (Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski).”

Dambrot continued to not hold back on how the ending unfolded. 

“Call it any way you want it,” he said. “He thought it was a block, I didn’t. I watched it on tape and I still don’t know what it is. But I know I didn’t get any of the three. So that’s what I’m upset about, I thought he quick-triggered. And then, at that point, (expletive), I know the game’s over then. I’m not going to sit there and take it. And he wasn’t afraid to give me that second one.”

Even Penn State coach Pat Chambers did not seem to be a fan of what happened. 

“It’s unfortunate,” he said. “I didn’t see the last play. Obviously, I saw it live, but I didn’t see what he was very upset about. Still five seconds to go. It’s unfortunate. Keith’s a really good coach and obviously he saw something he didn’t like.”

The ending finished off a somewhat chippy night between what were two evenly matched teams. Duquesne, which led by seven points at halftime, watched its lead slip away due to Penn State’s tough rebounding, ball control and the play of Stevens, who scored 21 of his 25 points after intermission. Then came Dambrot’s technicals, which iced the game for the Nittany Lions.

“It just shows his loyalty to this team,” said Duquesne forward Michael Hughes, who scored ten points in the loss. “He’s not going to let us be taken advantage of. He’s going to go out of his way for us and it doesn’t matter what it has to do with, he’s always there for his team. He’ll do anything for his players.”

While Dambrot was in disagreement with the calls, he also understood why his actions prevented Duquesne from having a chance at the end. 

“I apologized to them, I feel bad.,” Dambrot said. “You never want to take the game away from the kids. I didn’t think he’d ’T’ me. I guess I miscalculated that. But I’m not going to stand there and not get three (calls in a row), I’m too old for that. Especially in a home game. But it’s still stupid, you can’t get a technical foul at that point. But I didn’t think he’d ’T’ me.

“That’s the way it goes. Did I deserve a technical? I mean, I stomped enough to get a technical. Maybe not at that point in the game. I mean, if I’m a referee I’m not doing it. I mean, I know they’ve got the rules, sportsmanship, good sportsmanship. But you’ve got to fight for your guys. I’m always going to fight for my guys. We put too much time in together.”