Arizona athletic director Dave Heeke told ESPN that he stands behind head men’s basketball coach Sean Miller after Wildcats assistant Emanuel “Book” Richardson was one of four high-major assistant coaches arrested as part of an FBI probe into corruption within college basketball.
Miller declined to comment to ESPN.
“Anytime your program and the university were called into question, that’s hard,” Heeke added. “Sean has been terrific to work with, he has been incredibly forthcoming and forthright with all the things we wanted to do. He and I have continual, open conversations so I feel really good.”
“I know we’ve been diligent from a compliance perspective and that Sean certainly is,” he added. “I have all the confidence in the world that we’ve done the right things and people knew what’s right and what’s wrong.”
The Knicks had taken their biggest lead of the game, 69-46, on Courtney Lee’s layup with 10:38 left in the third quarter. However, the Nuggets responded by scoring the next 13 points to ignite a 27-2 run and they took their first lead, 73-71, on Wilson Chandler’s free throws with 4:42 left in the third quarter. The Knicks committed 10 turnovers during that six-minute stretch.
“We had a lot of turnovers. It was one of the worst quarters we’ve ever had,” Porzingis said. “But, we are going to learn from this game.”
The game was tied 77-77 when Doug McDermott’s 3-pointer put the Knicks back in front for good with 1:09 left in the third.
New York led 84-81 going into the final quarter. Will Barton brought the Nuggets to within one, 89-88, with 9:50 left in the game.