Thursday, January 31, 2013

BUZZER BEATER: This One Should Not Have Counted But Did

Any buzzer beater situation on college basketball has to be reviewed by the game officials.  That didn’t happen Wednesday night in a NCAA Division III college basketball game between Lycoming and Messiah.
Lycoming’s Michael Rudy tipped in a desperation shot from Jerald Williams at the buzzer to steal a road win for the Warriors 67-66.  Look carefully though, it appears the red light went on with the ball still in Rudy’s hands. 

Here’s the evidence as the buzzer beater occurs at the 3:05 mark on the time line. (Thanks TheMessiahFalcons)

The video evidence is compelling, the shot should not have counted.  The officials didn’t have a monitor to review the replay so they just walked off the court. 
“It could be easy for us to focus on that last play, but we can't and we won't.”  Messiah head coach Rick Van Pelt said.

Rudy finished the game with 12 points.  Chris Foreman led Lycoming with 25 points.

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