January 31, 2003

Playing short-handed:: What do you think about the Seton Hall sixth man incident from the other night? Turns out Seton Hall's basketball team finished regulation play of its eventual overtime victory over Georgetown by using six players. And nobody noticed! Isn't this what scorekeepers are supposed to do?

posted by Vek to basketball at 01:35 PM - 5 comments

It's astonishing to me - if not scorekeepers, then one of the referees. For all the mistakes that football refs make, I've also seen one of them counting players on the field for many of the plays. For three Big East officials (and that's not an easy post to acquire) not to notice such a basic thing is a huge mistake. I agree that you can't hand Georgetown the win in retrospect, but I think those officials -- all of them -- should not get Big East assignments for the immediate future (say, two weeks) and also be ineligible to ref the conference tournament.

posted by thescoop at 02:42 PM on January 31

Maybe that's a set play? Was Ed Pinckney one of them? I hate it when commisioners say "There's nothing we can do." No there is something you can do, you can replay the last few seconds. You are choosing to do nothing, which may be the pragmatic choice but it's not the same as not being able to do anything.

posted by vito90 at 02:45 PM on January 31

Anyone able to find a video clip of the highlight or something from this game online? Being without ESPN in my dorm room, I need to find a way to see the replay.

posted by swank6 at 07:05 PM on January 31

I saw the clip and what I don't get is that after they scored off the inbounds, the Hall dropped back in a three-three zone! Everyone knows if you get a six on five you run a pent and one... I would have thought that since Georgetown had the same thing occur in their game against South Carolina the staff would be that much more vigilant.

posted by kloeprich at 04:50 PM on February 01

A mistake, yes ... but anything that sends Georgetown to ignominious defeat is A-OK in my book.

posted by wfrazerjr at 02:12 PM on February 06

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