Winthrop Learns a Lesson
Throat Slashing Nearly a Killer
Winthrop senior guard Tyson Waterman won't have to be reminded not to make foolish gestures anymore. He did a little excess celebrating in an 81-78 win at Big South archrival Radford on Feb. 9, and it nearly cost the Eagles the game.
Winthrop (15-7 through Sunday) was protecting an 80-76 lead when Waterman was fouled with two seconds left. Thinking the victory was iced, he turned to the crowd and drew his right index finger across his throat, which earned him a technical from referee Kelly Lombard.
Waterman made one of his two foul shots, but then Radford's Byron Hall made both ends of the technical and the Highlanders took the ball out with a chance to tie with a trey. Hall's three-point attempt was blocked by Derrick Knox at the buzzer. "It was a terrible mistake and very immature," said Waterman, who, to make matters worse, is the Winthrop captain. "I told my teammates it will never happen again. I've never had to apologize so much after a big win."