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Washburn refuses to get back on the floor during the second half

Head coach Tim Floyd said that Washburn had a stomachache which was the reason he didn’t came back.
Aaron Montes / The Prospector

The UTEP men’s basketball victory over West Alabama on Sunday afternoon was overshadowed by junior forward/guard Julian Washburn’s unwillingness to go back into the game during the second half.

Mid-way through the second half after taking Washburn out, head coach Tim Floyd reprimanded him for his performance and minutes later when he called Washburn to get back into the game, he refused to do so.

Teammates senior guard Tyler Tafoya and senior center John Bohannon told Washburn that Floyd was calling him, but he ignored them and stood in his chair, Floyd leaned over to tell Washburn to get back in, but he refused in several occasions. Infuriated with his player, aggressively urged him to check-in, but it was apparent that Washburn didn’t want to and Floyd had to call on junior guard C.J. Cooper instead.

After the game, Floyd talked about the incident and said that Washburn told him he had a stomachache.

“That was disappointing, he (Washburn) said his stomach was hurting or something was hurting. It was disappointing,” Floyd said.

Despite Floyd’s explanation, right after the game Washburn changed and left the dressing room as soon as he could to avoid Floyd and the media. Washburn was later spotted with Cooper walking toward Miner Village.

UTEP will host Colorado State on Tuesday evening.

Edwin Delgado may be reached at [email protected].

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Edwin Delgado
Edwin Delgado, Sports Editor
Edwin is a senior  multimedia journalism major who came  to The Prospector in May of 2012 as a correspondent. He became the sports editor starting the summer 2012 semester. Edwin is excited for the challenges that lie ahead as the paper transitions into a daily publication. He fell in love with sports at a very young age, especially with soccer, and learned to embrace others as he grew up. The 2013-14 year will be a good opportunity for him to watch the new era of UTEP football and how a solid new basketball class performs first hand. Edwin is trying to get as much as possible from the last stretch of his college life before getting into the real world when he graduates in May of 2014.
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