For the second time in as many years, Rutgers point guard Paul Mulcahy made a dirty play against Indiana in Bloomington.
Immediately after what appeared to be a game clinching defensive rebound by Trayce Jackson-Davis on Tuesday evening, Mulcahy tripped the All-American as he attempted to advance the ball to the IU end of the court.
It happened with 30.6 seconds remaining and Indiana leading 63-56. Mulcahy made no attempt to go for the basketball and instead attempted to subtly stick his foot out to trip Jackson-Davis. The maneuver caused Jackson-Davis’ shoe to come off.
The incident immediately drew the ire of both Jackson-Davis and Miller Kopp, who saw what Mulcahy did and immediately went over to the officials. Nothing was called on Mulcahy during the game, but multiple television angles picked up the incident.
Paul Mulcahy is a bum trying to trip TJD. #iubb
— IUHoosierFan12 (@hoosier_fan12) February 8, 2023
Does Paul Mulcahy try to trip TJD? Looks dirty to me. #IndianaMBB pic.twitter.com/IkRTSrdcGu
— Micah Elliott (@ElliottMicah) February 8, 2023
This isn’t the first time Mulcahy has had a late game issue in Bloomington. Last year he was ejected from the game at IU with less than a minute remaining after he appeared to throw a punch at Xavier Johnson. At the time Rutgers had a 3-point lead, and it allowed Indiana to tie the game.
#Rutgers guard Paul Mulcahy just threw a left hook at Indiana’s Xavier Johnson. Let’s see how the #CollegeBasketball world tries to explain this one away! #IUBB pic.twitter.com/bq1PWLuX4x
— NCAA Eye Test (@CBBEyeTest) March 3, 2022
The Rutgers point guard appears to have deleted his social media accounts last night. He won the Big Ten Outstanding Sportsmanship Award for Rutgers following the 2020-21 season.
Mulcahy had just two points to go with three turnovers as Indiana snapped a six-game losing streak to Rutgers on Tuesday with a 66-60 win.
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