March Madness: Auburn's Chad Baker-Mazara ejected less than 5 minutes into Tigers' first-round game

Auburn guard Chad Baker-Mazara was ejected from the Tigers’ first-round NCAA tournament game against Yale less than five minutes after it began on Friday.

Baker-Mazara was given a flagrant 2 foul for making contact with Yale’s August Mahoney. As the two players were running up the court as Auburn had the ball, Baker-Mazara used his right shoulder and the right side of his body to hit Mahoney.

Mahoney immediately reacted to the contact. After he did, the play was blown dead with 16:59 to go in the first half and Baker-Mazara was given the flagrant foul after a review.

A flagrant 2 foul is the more serious of the two types of flagrant fouls and equals an automatic ejection for the offending player. A flagrant 1 foul is the most common type of flagrant foul and only includes two free throws and possession of the ball for the other team. A flagrant 2 foul is described as an act that is “brutal, harsh or cruel or dangerous or punishing.”

Baker-Mazara is Auburn’s third-leading scorer and averages just over 10 points per game. He came to the Tigers after stints at three schools over the past three seasons. He started his college career at Duquesne before transferring to San Diego State and playing last season at Northwest Florida State College.

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