I've never seen a game lost were we played so hard. Officiating was extremely uneven.
Sprewell really picked up his third foul buy wacking our guy in the leg forcing him to move his feet and "travel". The announcer said "too close". A foul is a foul regardless of the situation. Sprewell even raised his hand! WTF.
In the second half there was the obvious travel on the long pass. Everyone in the Garden knew there were at least five steps. Verne almost had a calf. That could have been a four point swing. This year the refs said that type of play was going to be called traveling. No excuses for slipping or for making a great athletic play. No situational calls. Here the officials can't call that traveling because it was such a great catch, and calling the violation might change the game too much. Horse****!
Offensive fouls do no require a charge. They can if occur the offensive player blasts over the defender, not set, and initiate contact. S.C did that several times. We played good defense but there is no defense to fouls. The refs were also supposed to call those offensive fouls this year - just not for us.
O-13 from three will kill you every time. And most of our turnovers were caused buy outstanding S.C.defense. But the foul disparity was too much, nothing but a flood of ticky tack fouls on us. Same officiating crew as Friday that would not call offense fouls and would not call "Pass interference" on the long ball. Dooley saw it. I'm sure he had a hundred calves today. I'm waiting for his report. Brockoway alluded to it. Cheez said they knew how to "sell their fouls" The refs,though, have eyes.
This is the worst officiated game against us since the swindle in the swamp.
This was a great season. Today, despite our problems we did not screw up. S.C. played ferociously, but they had more than a little help from their friends.
The most frustrating thing is that you can never,ever, ever, prove that adverse officiating changed the outcome of the game. Only that the game not was called fairly.
The only other consolation was that I didn't think our odds against Gonzaga would have been very good, had we won. We were not robbed of an NC.