St. John's center ejected for delivering ugly elbow to the head

For most of the season, St. John's center Chris Obekpa has been best known for his trademark short shorts.

Now the shot blocker is also developing a reputation for a short fuse.

Obekpa was ejected for the second time this season in the first half of his team's 85-62 loss Tuesday night when he landed a elbow to the back of Butler freshman Tyler Wideman's head. Referees reviewed video of the play and assessed a Flagrant 2 foul on Obekpa, which results in an automatic ejection.

Even though Wideman received clearance to return to the game after a full check-up from the Butler medical staff, that doesn't excuse Obekpa's actions. Wideman has a history of concussions, having missed practice time and an exhibition game in November after suffering one.

Obekpa probably should sit at least another game or two given the nature of the elbow and his own pattern of reckless behavior. The shot blocking specialist was tossed from a game against Fordham earlier this season when he drew a first technical for talking trash and a second for shoving an opposing player into the bench after the whistle.

The absence of Obekpa made an already small St. John's team even smaller and made it easier for the Bulldogs to score at will around the rim. Butler closed the game on a 15-0 run and shot 56.4 percent from the field despite only sinking four 3-pointers.

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