Isiah seeks sympathy but gets none

November 16, 2009

Three games into his college coaching career, Isiah Thomas was already asking for mercy.

Midway through the second half of Florida International's 81-49 loss at Tulsa on Sunday, Thomas motioned toward his counterpart as if to ask when he'd take his starters out.

A few minutes later, he got vocal with his request, shouting a few words in the direction of Golden Hurricane coach Doug Wojcik.

At that point, FIU (0-3) was down 63-25 with 8 minutes, 59 seconds to play after being outscored 27-5 to start the second half.

"I don't press, and I don't embarrass anybody," Wojcik said. "But it's a 40-minute game, and I'm in this game to get better.

"I've never seen anything like that. It was very bizarre."

Wojcik, who was putting leading scorer Ben Uzoh back in, looked at Thomas and shrugged his shoulders.

Wojcik explained that he had only eight scholarship players available.

Thomas, saying his team had a flight to catch, took three questions in his postgame news conference - and dodged the one asking about his dealings with Wojcik.

•Heralded Kentucky freshman John Wall will make his debut Monday when the fourth-ranked Wildcats take on Miami of Ohio.

He sat out Friday's win over Morehead State as part of an NCAA suspension for accepting improper benefits from his former AAU coach. He will team with fellow freshman Eric Bledsoe, who scored 24 points Friday.

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