Confusion Reigned On Late Mosley Foul
With less than a minute remaining yesterday at Comcast Center, Adrian Bowie made consecutive free throws to provide the Terps a two-point lead. Following the second make, Sean Mosley subbed in for Eric Hayes for defensive purposes.
With 33.9 seconds left, Georgia Tech guard Lewis Clinch drove into the lane and pulled up for an errant jump shot. A scrum for the ball ensued, drawing the shrill of more than one referee's whistle. Mosley emerged with the ball in his hands and triumphantly began marching down toward the other end of the court. It appeared as though Mosley was headed to shoot some free throws, and in fact, players from both teams began lining up as if that were the case.
Then the referees conferred with one another. Then they gave the news to each team's bench. Then the players headed back to Georgia Tech's end of the court. Instead of Mosley, it would be Clinch standing at the free throw line. Confusion emenated throughout the arena, as few observers seemed to know what was transpiring in front of them. One thing was for sure: Maryland's players were not happy about the call reversal.
Clinch missed the front end of his one-and-one free throw attempt, and Dave Neal corralled the rebound. The Terps went on to win the game, which meant the reversed decision became irrelevant in the minds of Maryland's players. Had they lost by a point, it might have been a different story.
Mosley said afterward that there was some miscommunication between two officials. One called a foul on Clinch after Mosley had secured the ball on the rebound. Another called a foul on Mosley for going over the back of Clinch to grab the ball in the first place. Because Mosley's foul occured first in that sequence, it was the one that stuck. It just took the refs longer than usual to sort that out.
"It was a foul on Sean Mosley," Gary Williams said. The head referee "said he called a foul originially; they just messed up with what end to shoot the free throws and realized it when they got down there. See that's a good crew. You know, those guys can referee, and that was his call. Whether you agree with the call or not, that was his call, that the foul was on Sean Mosley, so they just got screwed up which end.
"You know, Eddie Corbett out there, he's worked Final Fours, championship games, things like that, so they had it under control, and you want a crew like that down the stretch where they're going to try to make every call. There's nothing going on; there's no politics or anything like that."
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