MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Johnny Dawkins wasn't trying to get a technical foul, but he said he deserved it and had no regrets.

Typically under control on the sideline, Stanford's coach was hit with a "T" by official Ron Groover with 5:42 left in the first half of the Cardinal's 82-72 loss to Dayton in the Sweet 16 on Thursday.

The Flyers had scored seven straight points to mount a 33-23 lead, and Dawkins wasn't happy with his team. He also wasn't happy when Chasson Randle drove into a tangle of Dayton defenders and didn't get a foul call.

Moments later, Groover assessed Dawkins with just his second "T" of the season. Game official Patrick Adams said afterward that Dawkins was whistled for unsportsmanlike conduct.

"The conduct included prolonged, continuing negative responses to calls and noncalls and involved gesturing at officials," Adams said in a statement.

But Dawkins said his remarks were aimed at his players.

"I was going off and saying stuff to fire them up. I think it was misunderstood," he said. "(I) should have been T'd up because I was a little more animated than I normally am.

"I wanted to make sure my team knows that we're still fighting and we're passionate, and we can't allow the run the team is making on us."

Dawkins thought he got his players' attention.

"We rallied around it and we gained some momentum at that moment," he said.


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After Dayton's Dyshawn Pierre made one of two free throws on the technical, Stanford answered with a layup by Randle and a dunk by Josh Huestis to pull within seven points.

  • With 21 points, Randle moved past Dion Cross (1992-96) into fifth on Stanford's career scoring list with 1,651 points. The junior guard scored 675 points this season, fourth-most in school history.

  • Huestis blocked four shots and ended his career with a school-record 190, 23 more than any player in Stanford history.

  • Stanford returns starters Randle, Stefan Nastic and Anthony Brown next season, along with sophomore forward Rosco Allen, who missed this season with a stress fracture in his foot but is a projected starter.

    The Cardinal also welcomes a top-15 national recruiting class, headed by 6-foot-7, 240-pound Reid Travis, rated by Scout.com as the nation's No. 7 power forward prospect.

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