The Kansas Jayhawks were content to dribble out the clock for a 55-point victory over the Monmouth Hawks on Friday night, but Monmouth guard George Papas had other plans.
Kansas guard Tristan Enaruna was dribbling out the clock near midcourt, when Papas, in defiance of typical sportsmanship shown at the end of games, ran up behind him and stole the ball with eight seconds left. Papas then raced to the other end of the court for a dunk with four seconds remaining, and the junior began yelling after the basket. Referees gave Papas a technical foul, and Kansas guard Michael Jankovich converted the technical free throws to end the game.
The remaining Jayhawks fans in the stands booed as Monmouth left the court following the 112-57 loss. Watch the video below to see the final seconds of the game.
Here’s how to not act when losing 110-55. pic.twitter.com/VjWnePrvFO
— Jesse Newell (@jessenewell) November 16, 2019
The following tweet also has the announcers’ reaction to the play:
This is one way to end a blowout ??
While trailing by 55 with 15 secs left, Monmouth’s George Papas stole the ball as Kansas was dribbling out the clock, dunked it and got a tech. pic.twitter.com/o43LZsANbi
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) November 16, 2019
Monmouth head coach King Rice was disappointed with his player’s decision to glide in for a meaningless dunk at the end of the game.
“I’m a super, super, super competitive guy, and we lost our cool a little bit here at the end of the game. We’re down by 100 points and then we dunk and then we bark at the kid. That’s uncalled for,” Rice said after the game. “You get beat by a better team, you shake their hand and you walk off the court and you take in the experience.”
KU coach Bill Self said the sequence “didn’t bother me at all.”
“I’m actually glad it happened because we’ve been on Tristan the whole time about being casual, and that’s an example of what happens when you’re being casual,” Self said. “That didn’t even register as a bad play in my book. No big deal.”
No. 5 Kansas improved to 2-1 on the season, while Monmouth fell to 1-3. The Jayhawks had six players score in double-figures in the game, led by guard Isaiah Moss‘ game-high 21 points off the bench.
The Jayhawks shot 56.1 percent for the game and 46.7 percent from 3. Monmouth, on the other hand, shot 30 percent from the field for the game and 18.2 percent from 3-point range. The Jayhawks also made 77.4 percent of their free throws on Friday.