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Bruins coach bemoans game-ending call

Kansas forward Mario Little and the Jayhawks' bench look for a foul after a last-second attempt by Little for a shot against UCLA during the second half, Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010 at Allen Fieldhouse. A foul was called on UCLA guard Malcolm Lee sending Little to the line in which he hit the game-winning free throw to grab a 77-76 win.

Kansas forward Mario Little and the Jayhawks' bench look for a foul after a last-second attempt by Little for a shot against UCLA during the second half, Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010 at Allen Fieldhouse. A foul was called on UCLA guard Malcolm Lee sending Little to the line in which he hit the game-winning free throw to grab a 77-76 win.

December 3, 2010

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Press Conferences & Post-Game Interviews

KU coach Bill Self

Kansas coach Bill Self talks to reporters following KU's 77-76 victory over UCLA on Dec. 2, 2010.

Press Conferences & Post-Game Interviews

UCLA coach Ben Howland questions last-second call against his team

UCLA coach Ben Howland questions the last-second call against his team following KU's 77-76 victory over UCLA on Dec. 2, 2010.

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UCLA head basketball coach Ben Howland discussed the Bruins' 77-76 loss to Kansas Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010 at Allen Fieldhouse. Howland said a foul called at the end of the game was a "really really poor way to end a game on a call."

Noticeably upset by the way Thursday’s 77-76 loss to Kansas University ended, UCLA men’s basketball coach Ben Howland stepped to the podium and explained the frantic final seconds for anyone who would listen.

“Sorry it took so long to get here,” Howland told the group of reporters seated in the Allen Fieldhouse media room. “I was watching the replay of the foul at the end of the game. It was really, really a poor way to end a game on a call. Just for anybody who hasn’t seen it, both 23, (KU’s Mario) Little, and (UCLA’s) Malcolm Lee, were putting their hand on the ball at the same time at point-nine seconds. So, normally, you wouldn’t make that kind of call at that point in the game unless it was very obvious.”

Evidently, the call was obvious enough for the refs to blow the whistle, and Little’s free throw with .7 seconds remaining handed the Bruins (3-3) their third straight loss and second to a top-10 opponent.

“Games like this are what players live for,” said UCLA’s Tyler Honeycutt, who tied the game with his fifth three-pointer of the night with less than five seconds remaining. “It’s just a tough way for the game to end. It hurts.”

Honeycutt and freshman forward Joshua Smith look nothing alike. But the young duo combined to outwork KU’s dynamic Morris twins to the tune of 50 points and 22 rebounds.

Smith was a load inside for which the Jayhawks had no answer. The 6-foot-10, 305-pound freshman was wide on rebounds and tough around the rim. In addition, he stayed out of foul trouble and full of breath long enough to play a career-high 28 minutes, which led to 17 points and 13 rebounds (eight offensive).

“This was Josh’s first of what I think will be many, many double-doubles in his career,” Howland said.

While the two elite coaches did not agree on the foul call that decided the game — KU coach Bill Self said Little told him he was fouled — they did see eye-to-eye in their evaluation of Honeycutt’s career night.

“Oh, he had a great night,” Self said. “He was by far the best player in the game.”

Added Howland: “It doesn’t matter who we’re playing against, I think Tyler is going to have a good night. I really liked the way he let the game come to him. He scored 33 points on 15 shots.”

As for Honeycutt, who had visited Allen Fieldhouse once before for an AAU tournament, the 6-8 sophomore forward said there was no magic formula for his memorable night.

“I just got to the gym early and got a lot of extra shots,” he said. “I liked the floor, I liked the rims. I’ve been working on my shot a lot lately, and I was feeling real good and confident.”

Though he was disappointed by the outcome, Howland was gracious enough to tip his cap to the Jayhawks (7-0).

“I don’t know that they have a weakness,” Howland said. “They’re a great team.”

Howland, who led the Bruins to three straight Final Fours from 2006-08, including a trip to the national title game in 2006, continued to gush about the Jayhawks by speaking to the level of consistency with which Self runs things.

“It’s one of the top programs in the country, year-in and year-out,” Howland said. “Bill does a fantastic job reloading. They lost three guys to the NBA off of last year’s team, (and) they’re still a top-five team.”

Comments

edjayhawk 3 years, 4 months ago

I don't know who does the rankings but Arizona and UCLA are a lot better then folks give them credit for. Hats off to the Bruins-they definately have talent. I thought it should have been a no call, but I'm glad we won.

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kansasredlegs 3 years, 4 months ago

I would listen to your whine if and only if, the Refs had called the foul where at least 2 Bruins pushed Reed out of bounds causing him to throw it away which led to the tying 3-pointer by Honeycutt. Had the Refs actually called the foul there, then game over. Maybe the "bad call" was a makeup since the Refs blew the call which allowed the game to be tied in the first place. Just saying is all....

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rgh 3 years, 4 months ago

Mario was simply going for the loose ball and got to it first when the kid inadvertently bumped him. Like Coach Fran said, "If it's a foul in the first minute then it's a foul in the last minute." Mario just threw up a prayer after being fouled as any player would have done. Tyrel got bumped out of bounds by two Bruin players just seconds before that under the UCLA basket giving them the chance to tie which they did. I thought the official were horrible all night, both ways. There was no way Tyshawn touched that kid in the first half in front of the KU bench as be made the 3 pointer (being a 4 point play after the FT). That showed up clearly on the replay as well as Keiff's foul under the UCLA basket that gave them another bogus 3 point play.

In 2008, Memphis and Calipari cried that no foul was called when Sherron was bringing the ball down court, but in my honest opinion, I didn't think he was fouled either and that lead to Mario getting the ball and shot.

UCLA played with guts and gusto and outplayed KU so it'll be a nice wake-up for the guys considering Memphis is on the horizon. Howland is a great coach and even though clearly upset, handled himself with dignity and class holding nothing against KU or Self.

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Armen Kurdian 3 years, 4 months ago

Me? It looked like Mario was out of control on that one, I didn't see a foul on that.

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