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South Florida holds on as Florida Gulf Coast’s buzzer-beater in double overtime doesn’t count (VIDEO)

Dec 17, 2013, 10:35 PM EDT

With 0.3 seconds remaining in double overtime, Jamail Jones threw a beautiful full-court pass — which he put by the 7-foot-3 Jordan Omogbehin — ending up in the hands of Chase Fieler, who put up a shot that bounced off the rim and in. The Eagles thought the bucket tied the score at 68-68, but instead the officials waved it off as South Florida won a thriller 68-66 double OT non-conference game at home on Tuesday night.

(Watch Jamail Jones slam on a South Florida defender)

It did appear that Fieler got the shot off before the light went off on the backboard, but he clearly caught the ball, and with 0.3 seconds, that is not enough time to catch and shoot. In fact, one of the officials informed head coach Joe Dooley during the timeout that his team could only tip in the shot.

Here’s the rule to back it up (Rule 5, Sec. 1 Art. 18):

In any period, when the game clock displays 10ths of seconds and play is to be resumed by a throw-in or a free throw when 3/10 (.3) of a second or less remains on the game clock, a player may not gain possession of the ball and try for a field goal. Such player can only score a field goal by means of a tap of a pass or of a missed free throw.

Exciting game, great shot off an even better pass, but in the end correct call.

  1. thehawg - Dec 18, 2013 at 1:20 AM

    Rule should be changed.

  2. flosox - Dec 18, 2013 at 6:57 AM

    Great game! We have zero depth right now and almost took it to 3 OT’s. look out for USF for the next couple of years. Tough loss but a great learning experience for this team. I’ve been watching them all year and the last two games have been significantly better than the first 8; overall. It’s taken them some time to adjust to Dooley and you can finally see the results. Hicks had 19 boards!!

    We are coming together at the right time and getting some much needed depth back next week.

    Go Eagles!!

    Oh, and that’s 3 thumbs up above. My sausage fingers hit the thumbs down.

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