In what may be the worst loss in recent memory for USF Athletics that didn’t involve a kickoff return, USF men’s basketball dropped an absolute heart-breaker 70-69 versus Temple on Saturday night inside the Yuengling Center.
With 11.3 left in overtime, Bulls point guard LaQuincy Rideau drove to the hoop and scored to tie the game at 69-69. Then the referees showed their ass.
In a complete farce of a call, USF guard David Collins gets whistled for a foul on a shot by Temple’s Shizz Alston Jr. that can only be described as egregious. Alston, who came into Saturday night shooting 92% from the free throw line, split the two attempts to give the Owls a 70-69 lead with 1.5 seconds left.
Then the referees really showed their ass.
Dear American Conference:— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) February 17, 2019
Please upgrade your officials.
In a desperation heave on the inbound pass by USF, the refs called a foul on Temple to send Collins to the line to attempt to either win or tie the game in the most make-up calls of all make-up calls. Collins missed both free throws.
Regardless if Collins had made both free throws to win it, one of these teams were going to get screwed by the refs. The American Athletic Conference should be ashamed of themselves for how poor the referees have been during conference play throughout the season for each team. If the conference doesn’t hire their own refs for next year—who are actually good at their jobs—we will see more of the same.
It’s a shame too, because this was a close game with a great crowd on-hand to watch a “Last Four In” Temple and an upstart USF team battle it out for a possible bye in the AAC tournament next month that was marred by god awful officials.
Keep your head up DC.
USF plays Florida College on Tuesday at 4 p.m. Parking and entrance to the game are free. USF baseball plays Florida at 6:30 later that day.
- Collins finished with 15 points, and four rebounds.
- Rideau scored a team-high 16 points and scored his 1,000th career point. Congrats Q.
- Alexis Yetna had eight points, and 13 rebounds (five offensive).
- Michael Durr had eight points, and 11 rebounds (four offensive).
- Xavier Castenda had 11 off the bench.