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Refs missed a goaltend, but West Virginia lost game, too

Jan 28, 2012, 6:03 PM EDT

Playing their third straight game without the services of starting center Fab Melo, Syracuse escaped with a 63-61 win over West Virginia at the Carrier Dome on Saturday afternoon.

What everyone is going to remember is the missed goaltending call, which is fair. The goaltend was as obvious as the no-call was atrocious:

And, as is the standard anytime there is a bad call that decides a game, the pitchwork-waving twitter revolutionists started complaining about how many games officials work and began calling for replay to be added for goaltending.

It was a bad call. It happens. West Virginia probably would have lost to Cincinnati had Kevin Jones been granted a timeout at the end of regulation last week.

What West Virginia should be more concerned about is their inability to take advantage of the opportunities granted them by Syracuse. The ‘Eers had 19 offensive rebounds, had a number of bad possessions down the stretch and missed two threes in the final ten seconds that would have won the game. One of those threes came after the game-saving “block”.

West Virginia got a bad break, yes, but they lost this game all on their own.

  1. cuseisinthehouseomgomg - Jan 28, 2012 at 7:27 PM

    Yes, I follow the ‘Cuse, but even if the Refs had made the correct call, there was still ~ 6 secs left on the clock. Ask Duke how much time FSU needed to push the ball up the court! So we’ll never know if it REALLY made a difference…hence the beauty of the game. Please don’t spoil it with Instant Replay, etc. And yes, I would be complaining about the BAD call if I was cheering for WVU, but I would still vote against IR. The only certain thing is that there will be missed calls given the speed of the game and the human element. Besides, WVU just needed to turn those Off Reb into some points! Go ‘Cuse!

  2. wlschneider09 - Jan 28, 2012 at 11:38 PM

    When I used to ref I did better with regular work. For me, it was better to work 4-5 games a week to get in a groove.

  3. nofunleague - Jan 29, 2012 at 9:05 AM

    It’s tough for those 5’6″ refs to see up that high. Three refs, and no one saw it. What buffoons .
    Worst officiating in all of major sports is basketball. Half of their calls are guesses. I tried to be a ref at one time but was found to be ineligible because I had two parents.

  4. scorat9480 - Jan 29, 2012 at 11:02 AM

    You evidently did not see the WVU-Cincinnati game. The refs at the end went back to the replay to see where the clock should’ve been. For some reason it stopped on the last play when the ball was still in play and THAT is the reason no technical foul was called on Kevin Jones. There’s a very good chance SU would’ve gone on to score after the goal tending call, yes, but again, we’ll never know because of the blown goal tending non-call.

    • cuseisinthehouseomgomg - Jan 30, 2012 at 7:37 PM

      I assume you were referring to my comment. Correct, I did not see the game live. But I’ve seen the replays a number of times. I’m not against getting the call right. Case in point: 2009 BE Tournament between UConn and SU. Devo’s 3 at the end of Reg. nearly ended that epic 6 OT game. But they reviewed it and discovered that since he hadn’t trimmed his nails that day the ball WAS still touching his finger. Correct call, and on to OT we go and the rest is history. I also remember an NCAA Tourney game earlier this year where Marquette got the benefit of a back court violation on Scoop that the NCAA later said was incorrect. Maybe if they had corrected their mistake immediately (don’t know if replay would have helped their misinterpretation of the Rules), SU might have won the game. Anything is possible, but then again SU had MANY other chances to win that game. It happens. I lost about 0 minutes of sleep over it. I’m a fan, but in the end it’s a game. I just don’t want EVERY call to be reviewed. Heck, watching the NFL and NCAA FB is tough with IR…so many reviews, and even then they don’t get it right all the time. Ummm, ask Toledo (vs SU). {Head down in shame on that one} Well, enough glossing over on this topic, time to dust off my old VCR tape of WS Game 6 in 1985 (Don Denkinger). I always think that sooner or later he’ll get it right.

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