Friday, January 6, 2012

VIDEO: ULL uses six players on the final possession to beat WKU

I had thought that we had seen the weirdest finish to a basketball game that we would come across this season when Wisconsin's Ryan Evans banked in a prayer of a three-pointer that beat the overtime buzzer based on one clock but came late according to the official clock.

It only took two days to top that insanity, however.

Over in Bowling Green, KY, Western Kentucky and Louisiana-Lafayette were tied with 21 seconds left in a Sun Belt conference battle. ULL had the ball and coming out of a timeout, Elfrid Payton scored on a driving layup off of a broken play with three seconds left on the clock. WKU's prayer fell short, and UL escaped with a tough, conference road win.

Sounds simple.

Except that the Ragin' Cajuns had six men on the floor and no one noticed. Seriously. We got the video:

You can clearly see that ULL, wearing red, has six men come out on the court for the final possession. Unfortunately for the Hilltoppers, there is nothing that the league can do about it.

"There are a whole bunch of times where there are six or seven guys on the court and it is technically a violation of the rule," Mike Wood, the Sun Belt's coordinator of officials, told Andy Katz. "You can blow the whistle and stop the play. But you can't go to the monitor and do it retroactively."

Good luck finding a tougher loss than that.

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