USC big man Chevez Goodwin elbowed Colorado guard McKinley Wright in the head during the teams’ Pac-12 Tournament semifinal Friday night. Officials called Goodwin for a technical foul but allowed him to remain in the game.
The incident occurred with 13:50 remaining in the first half. Goodwin swung his elbows while holding the ball after a whistle and made hard contact with Wright, sending the Buffaloes’ top scorer to the floor.
Wright, who has suffered concussions in the past, was taken to the locker room for evaluation. He returned to the game with 7:08 remaining in the half.
McKinley Wright IV just took a brutal elbow to the head from USC’s Chevez Goodwin. That’s a 6-foot-9, 225-pound grown man and Wright IV is headed back to the locker room. pic.twitter.com/K8RtgCScmt
— Justin Guerriero (@GuerrieroCU) March 13, 2021
Goodwin made himself even more of a villain to CU fans by flopping on the other end of the floor after minimal contact minutes after the elbow. He was issued a flop warning after a replay review.
The Trojans and Buffaloes are playing for a berth in Saturday’s conference tournament final against Oregon State, which upset top seed Oregon in Friday’s first semi.