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Louisiana-Lafayette wins game with six on court

Posted on: January 5, 2012 11:22 pm
Edited on: January 6, 2012 4:12 pm
By Jeff Goodman

I wasn't a math major, but I sure can tell from the video below that Louisiana-Lafayette had six players on the court for the game-winning possession. 

I was also taught that that's one more than is allowed. 

Unfortunately, the officiating crew didn't catch it - and Western Kentucky was on the losing end of a game-winning shot because they had to guard six players for the final 21 seconds of overtime. 

Hilltoppers coach Ken McDonald had no idea that Louisiana-Lafayette had six players on the court until after the final horn sounded. 

The game was tied at 70-all as Lafayette inbounded the ball with 21 seconds remaining in overtime. The officiating crew had no idea that the Ragin' Cajuns had an extra player on the court. 

The officials are supposed to count the number of players on each sides on the floor. 

"It's a hard pill to swallow," said McDonald, who team nearly forced a turnover despite being a man down. "What really hurts is the kids. They really played hard." 

"The refs made a mistake," he added. 

McDonald said by the time everyone figured out what had transpired, the officiating crew was already off the court. He was told that he can't appeal. 

"Once they leave the court, you can't review it," McDonald said. "From what I've been told, you can't appeal it, either." 

McDonald was surprisingly calm for a coach whose young team (he starts four freshmen) could have used this victory. 

"It's a tough way to lose," McDonald said. "But we can still take a lot of positives from this game." 

Video via Tim Burke of Deadspin, who was on the ball with this shortly after it ended.

Since: Feb 1, 2010
Posted on: January 6, 2012 1:40 am

Lousiana-Lafayette wins game with 6 guys on court

Wonder how often that  has happened in the history of NCAA basketball ?

What if the coach would have caught it and told the refs while there was still time on the clock ?

Would there be a T and a replay ?

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