WATCH: Southern player commits one of the hardest fouls you'll see
Malcolm Riley of Texas Southern was going up for a finish at the rim in transition against Southern in the SWAC Championship game. Trelun Banks decided that wasn't going to happen.
The SWAC Championship on Saturday was largely pointless because the conference's NCAA Tournament bid was decided Friday night. Southern is ineligible for the NCAA Tournament (or any postseason), and therefore its game Saturday vs. Texas Southern was just for show, as the Tigers under coach Mike Davis are headed back to the Big Dance.
Don't tell that to the players, though.
Southern was leading 58-57 with about 30 seconds left when Adrian Rodgers missed a jumper. Deverell Biggs -- a transfer from Nebraska -- grabbed the rebound for Texas Southern and pushed it up the floor. He passed it to Malcolm Riley on the wing, who took a dribble and went up toward the rim.
That's where he met Trelun Banks, who...well...
Yeah, you really can't do that. Banks, the son of Southern coach Roman Banks, was assessed a Flagrant 2 foul and ejected. Banks is a sophomore, so he'll be back next season. I wouldn't be opposed to him being suspended a game or two in SWAC play next season.
Riley was clearly worse for the wear:
Texas Southern won 62-58 for the league's bid, along with its regular-season title. They're shaping up as a 15-seed in the NCAA Tournament, but we'll find that out Sunday.
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