Instead of punctuating the school’s first appearance in the NCAA’s Sweet Sixteen and the team’s trip to Madison Square Garden for its next game, Martin ended the game with the clang of the ball bouncing high off the rim blending with the sound of the buzzer. “That is not right,” an announcer said on the air after the stunt while one tweeting fan called the episode “pathetic and embarrassing” and another labeled it “disrespectful.”
Florida Atlantic’s Alijah Martin tries a huge dunk with the game out of hand in the final seconds and hears boos.FAU head coach Dusty May appears to apologize to FDU head coach Tobin Anderson, who was upset.🏀 #MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/Is2rIF8GJx — The Comeback (@thecomeback) March 20, 2023
Really cool missed dunk by FAU’s Alijah Martin!— David Cobb (@DavidWCobb) March 20, 2023
shook hands after the game. “I apologized to him for that but also reminded him we’re the adults,“ May said, according to The Associated Press. ”We’ve got to fix that behavior. It’s part of the game. I apologized to him,” he said.
Not only did Alijah Martin try a wind-mill dunk as the clocks running out against a 16 seed, but he missed it. Pathetic and embarrassing.— Ball Withdrawal (@BallWithdrawal) March 20, 2023
Fox News noted that Martin did not show up for the post-game press conference. After the game, May went out of his way to praise Fairleigh Dickinson, according to the Post. “Hats off to FDU. Incredibly hard to prepare for. Such a tough matchup. And their scrappiness, physicality, was exceptional. We just made enough plays to win. We settled in against their press and just had enough in us,” he said. This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.
The dunk attempt at the end of the FAU-FDU game was disrespectful and selfish, yes, but Alijah Martin doesn’t deserve death threats for it… like come on people!— Lolmin🎱 (@Lolminate) March 20, 2023