LAS VEGAS, NV – Upon further review of further review, the Runnin’ Rebels were apparently short-changed near the end of last Saturday’s loss to Boise State.
Here’s how it unfolded: Boise State took a one-point lead with 3.3 seconds remaining in overtime. By rule, when the entire ball cleared the bottom of the net after the Broncos’ Derrick Mark’s 10-foot jumper, the clock should have been stopped. Bobby Dibler, coordinator of officials for the Mountain West Conference, discovered the timing error after reviewing the tape and told coach Dave Rice the clock should have been frozen at 3.4 seconds.
This split second comes in to play as Deville Smith’s would-be game winning shot was waived off after two video replays show the ball still on his fingertips when the clock expired. One-tenth of a second more would’ve been just enough to clear the shooter’s hand and the basket would’ve counted.
Unfortunately for UNLV, the evidence was discovered far too late to reverse – the reversed – call.