TU basketball notebook: Fan apparently OK
BY BILL HAISTEN World Sports Writer
Thursday, February 21, 2013
2/21/13 at 4:04 AM
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With nine minutes remaining in Wednesday's East Carolina-Tulsa basketball game at the Reynolds Center, Golden Hurricane forward Kauri Black chased a loose ball at the Pirates' end of the court.
Black collided violently with a female fan who was in a courtside seat. She was knocked backward. The back of her head struck the floor. As medical personnel were preparing to transport her from the Reynolds Center on a gurney, the woman stood and seemed to regain her balance. She returned to her seat and watched the Hurricane lose 72-63.
TU officials, Black and coach Danny Manning expressed relief that the woman was not seriously injured.
"I was very grateful for that," Black said. "I was kind of worried for her. When I fell, I saw her face. It looked like she was in shock. Obviously, I was just going after the ball, trying to make a hustle play. I was glad she was able to get up."
Manning left his position on the TU bench to cross the court and check on the woman's condition.
"She was speaking. She seemed rather calm," Manning reported. "I'm sure she would tell Kauri that the next time there's a loose ball, to go after it with the same energy and intensity."
Ray sidelined: The injury-riddled TU team was dealt yet another setback when freshman point guard Rashad Ray was not in uniform on Wednesday. Because Ray sustained a blow to the head during a practice session - a blow that resulted in a concussion symptoms - doctors recommended that he not play against East Carolina.
Ray is the Hurricane's most energetic player and has developed into a consistent scorer. His status for Saturday's game at Central Florida has not been determined.
"We missed him a lot," Black said. "He's been playing great as of late. We definitely could have used him today, but we don't make excuses."
Tulsa's Pat Swilling Jr. dribbles around Paris Roberts-Campbell during Wednesday's game in Tulsa against East Carolina. MATT BARNARD / Tulsa World