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March 20, 2011 at 3:45 PM

Refs say they did the right thing not reviewing Overton’s shot

Coach Lorenzo Romar was tigth-lipped when asked during post-game interviews if more time should have been placed on the clock after Venoy Overton’s midcourt heave. The Huskies were given 0.5 seconds when it looked as if more time was on the clock when the ball landed out.
Romar asked the officials to check the replay and said: “I was told that they had already checked.”
Doug Shows, officials crew chief, released this statement after the game:
“There’s always a lag time between the time the play occurs and the whistle is blown and the clock stops. By rule, the clock stops when the whistle blows. We were asked to check the time, and we varified that it was accurate with the standby official and the clock operator.”
CBS reporter Tracy Wolfson spoke to Shows after the game and field this report.
“I had a chance to speak with Doug Shows, who was the official during that last game between UNC and Washington, and he blew the whistle on the final shot,” she said. “He said that Lorenzo Romar did ask for verification, he then went to the table and the official of the clock who handled it said ‘he does not need to go to the monitor.’ They said that the call was right because it’s not when the ball hit the ground, but it’s when the whistle blows, and because of technology there is going to be an obvious lag.”
CBS interviewed John Adams, National Coordinator of men’s basketball officiating, who weighed in on the play.
On whether the officials handled the end of the game correctly:
“Officials may go to the monitor in that situation, by rule they are not forced to go to the monitor. Tracy had it right, the clock operator is supposed to stop the clock when the official signals the violation, which would have been watching the ball hit the floor, blowing your whistle, in other words recognize the play and have some human reaction time…We have all sorts of resources here in Atlanta and have reviewed this play a number of times, probably come down on the side of the fact that the referee blew the whistle right around the .8, .7 tenth of a second mark.
“We’ve reviewed this with the alternate. They felt that the officials got it exactly right on the court at the time they blew the whistle. I guess in retrospect I would feel like given the resources we had available and checking everybody and everything we had to check, I am not sure that even if we had gone to the monitor, which they certainly could have done, that the technology is good enough to try and figure out one tenth or two tenths of a second and trying to place when that whistle blew and when the clock should have stopped.”



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