TULSA — Tommy Shuler and Essray Taliaferro scored touchdowns in the final 4 minutes as Marshall came from behind to defeat Tulsa 45-34 in a game that started one minute late to commemorate the anniversary of the Nov. 14. 1970 plane crash of the Marshall football team.
Kickoff was delayed 1 minute in silent observance to 6:36 p.m. Central Time to mark the moment of the worst sports-related air tragedy that killed 75. Marshall players wore a No. 75 on their helmets.
Marshall (7-3, 5-1 Conference USA) scored the first three TDS and led 31-14 at halftime as Rakeem Cato passed for 456 yards and five touchdowns.
Tulsa (2-8, 1-5) stormed back with 21-straight points in the second half on scoring runs by Dane Evans and Trey Watts.
Shuler caught 9 passes for 105 yards and two touchdowns and Taliaferro 68 yards and Marshall’s lone TD on the ground.
Barnes apologizes for ejection and tweet
LOS ANGELES — Matt Barnes is apologizing to his Los Angeles Clippers teammates and coaches for getting ejected and then sending out a profane tweet.
Barnes, along with Oklahoma City’s Serge Ibaka, got ejected, and Blake Griffin of the Clippers received a technical foul for their parts in a scuffle with 6 seconds left in the second quarter of their game Wednesday night.
Griffin was trying to put the ball up and his arms and Ibaka’s became entangled. Barnes shoved Ibaka hard in the chest. Griffin kept trying to get at Ibaka as players from both teams formed a scrum.
After his ejection, Barnes used a derogatory term in a profane tweet that began “I love my teammates like family,” but went on to suggest he was tired of backing them up because his actions “cost me money.”
Those actions ended up costing him $25,000 on Thursday when the NBA fined him for failing to leave the court in a timely manner and using inappropriate language on Twitter.
“I was completely wrong for pushing Ibaka & then for what I tweeted following the altercation,” Barnes posted Thursday on his verified Twitter account. “My poor choice of words & timing do not reflect who or what I am about.
“It was very selfish on my part to make this situation about me instead of my teammates that fought their hearts out & earned a big win against a tough okc team.”
Barnes tweeted that he “could have took the easy way out” and claimed that his Twitter account was hacked.
“But that’s not what I’m about, I accept full responsibility for all my inappropriate action last night & I am truly sorry!”
2014 soccer districts revealed
The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association approved new soccer districts for the 2014 and 2015 seasons on Wednesday.
Tahlequah will play in District 5A-4 along with Coweta, Cascia Hall, Durant, East Central, McAlester, Shawnee and Edison.
In Class 4A, the Keys girls will be in District 6 with Atoka, Fort Gibson, Heavener, Hilldale, Porter, Poteau and Wister.
The 2014 soccer regular season will begin in March.
ECHO teams win easily
Both ECHO basketball teams cruised to victories earlier this week. The ECHO girls beat Grace Covenant, 44-26, while the ECHO boys knocked off Boulevard, 70-38.
In the girls game, Naomi LashlyBobb and Emily Daniel paced ECHO with 10 points apiece. Hope Childers added eight points and eight rebounds.
ECHO took control early with a 14-5 first quarter, which eventually grew to a 25-9 advantage at halftime.
In the boys game, ECHO used a 19-10 second quarter to own a 31-15 edge at halftime. ECHO was led by a trio of scorers in double figures — Caleb Coiner (15), Ethan Tinnin (13) and Connor Sterling (12).