Indian Hills Community College has been notified by the National Junior College Athletic Association that the school will have to forfeit its Tuesday night win at Three Rivers Community College.
The forfeiture is the result of a situation in which IHCCâ??s Malik Dime was assessed two fouls on one play in the second half of the Warriorsâ?? game with Three Rivers.
With about seven minutes left in the second half, Dime was called for a personal foul and then given a technical foul.
The two fouls on Dime were his fourth and fifth of the game and meant he had fouled out. Dime, a freshman, had been assessed an earlier technical foul in the first half.
In its decision, the NJCAA cited the rule that a player who receives his second technical foul in a game must leave the bench, and said that a violation had occurred when Dime stayed on the bench the remainder of the game instead of leaving the gym.
In addition to the Warriors being forced to forfeit the game, both Dime and IHCC head coach Barret Peery must serve a one-game suspension, meaning they will be unavailable when the Warriors host Northeast (Neb.) this Saturday night.
Coach Peery said, â??Iâ??m disappointed by the penalties, but, ultimately, it is my responsibility to handle these situations.â??
He added, â??In no way was I trying to circumvent the rules.
I was not notified by the officials or game management personnel that Malik was to leave the bench. I was only told that he had fouled out of the game.â??
The NJCAA ruling leaves the Warriors with a season record of 17-1.
Their next contest, against Northeast, will be the conference opener.