Boise State vents when game-winner waved off after hand-timed review

This potential buzzer-beater was waved off because of a stopwatch review. (Twitter/Matt L. Stephens)

Boise State and Colorado State played a Mountain West thriller on Wednesday night, but the box score doesn’t even come close to revealing how confusing and controversial the Rams’ 97-93 double overtime win was at the time.

“Time” is the operative word here, as the game’s officials decided to wave off a potential game-winning shot from Boise State at the end of the first overtime because of a hand-timed review.

Allow me to set the scene: the game was tied 84-84 and Boise State had the ball out of bounds after a backcourt violation with 0.8 seconds remaining. Anthony Drmic inbounded the the ball to James Webb III, hitting the Broncos’ star in stride as he spun around to heave a desperation 3-pointer at the buzzer. The slow-motion replay, provided by Matt Stephens, of the The Coloradoan, shows the ball leaving Webb’s hands with 0.4 seconds left.

The officials hand-timed the review of the shot and waved off the bucket, sending the game to double-overtime. According to a statement from Dave Hall, one of the game’s officials, the crew “followed protocol” with a stopwatch because the review showed that the game clock “was not started upon touch.”

“We then used a stopwatch overlay from the monitor system to determine when he touched it and then figure out how many tenths of a second it took from the time he touched the ball until the time he released the ball and whether he was able to get that shot off in 0.8 seconds,” Hall said in the statement.

The officials claim the play took “closer to 1.2 or 1.3 time frame.” The controversial ending to the first overtime set the stage for a frustrating second overtime for the Broncos, which included a technical foul for Boise State coach Leon Rice with 1:09 left to play.

“I’ve never seen anything like it, I don’t think we can just make up timing rules,” Boise State coach Leon Rice said after the game, via The Coloradoan. “Hopefully the (Mountain West) conference can explain it to me, because I guess I’m ignorant to what you can do and what you can’t do. They don’t hand time things in the Olympics anymore.”

After the game, Anthony Drmic took to Twitter to say that even CSU’s players were telling him Boise State “got cheated” and vent some frustration.

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