Cautiously, Tony Bennett disagrees with late foul called on Sammy Zeglinski
With 13.7 seconds remaining in regulation Saturday and Virginia ahead by three, Miami guard Rion Brown rose up for a three-point shot attempt and a foul was called on junior guard Sammy Zeglinski. Brown made all three of his ensuing free throws to send the game into overtime, where the Hurricanes prevailed, 70-68.
Afterward, Zeglinski was adamant that he had not touched Brown on Brown's three-point attempt. Virginia coach Tony Bennett said he would have to review the game film before making comment on the play.
During his segment on the ACC coaches' teleconference on Monday, Bennett was asked what he thought of the foul call after having had a chance to look at the tape.
"I don't know what I'm allowed to say or what I'm not allowed to say, so I didn't think it was a foul, but, you know, I looked at it, and that was a hard way to lose," Bennett said. "But that's just my opinion, and I'm not disrespecting an official at all about it. It's just, I thought it was pretty clean. Unfortunately, there were two called in the last 40-50 seconds of the game, two three-point shooters.
"And of course I'm biased, but just looking at it, it didn't -- we talked about, you know, in the huddle of guard the three-point line. We're not going to foul ... And certainly you do your best. You tell the official, 'Don't let them kick the leg out. We're going to be careful on that.' But it's a bang-bang situation, and it happened. And the kid made all three free throws, and we could have put it away at the line.
"But just, again, I don't know. I probably should be brushed up on what I'm supposed to say and what I'm not, but in looking at it, I wish it wouldn't have been called, but it was. We couldn't finish it at the line."
Indeed, Virginia shot 9 for 22 (40.9 percent) from the free throw line Saturday, including 6 for 12 in the final two minutes of regulation and overtime combined.
| February 7, 2011; 11:02 AM ET
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