Officials In UL/WKU Game Could Face Suspension After The Cajuns Win With Six Men
The three officials who called Thursday night's Sun Belt Conference basketball game between Louisiana's Ragin' Cajuns and the WKU Hilltoppers could face suspension after the bizarre ending in the 72-70 overtime victory by UL.
In case you missed the ending of the game, Derrick Gordon of WKU hit a three-pointer to tie the game, 70-70, with 24 seconds left. The Cajuns then called timeout with just over twenty seconds remaining.
J. J. Thomas checked in for Kadeem Coleby for the final possession, but Coleby never came out of the game, giving the Cajuns six men on the floor.
Louisiana freshman guard Elfrid Payton drove to the basket, and hit the game winner, with no other Cajun player touching the ball.
Neither the three officials, Roger Ayers, Reinaldo Acosta and Brad Gaston, nor either coaching staff, ever noticed the Cajuns had six men on the court.
Andy Katz, of ESPN.com is reporting that Mike Wood, the Sun Belt's coordinator of officials, watched the video of the final moments and could see six players in the game for UL.
The error was brought to the officials’ attention after the game by the scorer's table.
The officials talked about the incident but determined the play was not reviewable, according to NCAA rules.
Wood told Katz that the official scorer should have alerted that six players were in the game, and that the three game officials could serve a game suspension for failing to call a technical foul.
Wood told Andy Katz, and ESPN.com that the official scorer should have alerted that six players were in the game, and that the three game officials could serve a game suspension for failing to call a technical foul.