UCLA coach Ben Howland said over the weekend he spoke with NCAA coordinator of men’s basketball officials John Adams about the foul called against Malcolm Lee in the final second of UCLA’s 77-76 loss Thursday at Kansas University.
“I gave them my two cents,” Howland said. “But the game is over. They won, we lost. We’re moving forward now. Bad calls happen. It’s just unfortunate it would happen at that point in the game where it would decide a game.”
Lee was called for a questionable foul on KU senior forward Mario Little in the final second with the game tied at 76. Little went to the foul line and converted one free throw with 0.7 seconds left to seal the game.
Adams told ESPN.com’s Andy Katz that Doug Sirmons, the official who blew the whistle, made the right call.
“The refs reacted properly,” Adams said. “The only argument you can make is whether or not it was a foul. It’s a foul. The Kansas kid has control of the ball. It’s incredibly unfortunate to end the game like that. But I’ve looked at the tape this morning, and Doug called the foul like he’s supposed to.”
Howland said he has put the game behind him.
“It’s over,” Howland said. “There’s no going back and changing anything. We had a six-point lead in the second half. We’ve got to do a better job being able to handle that. That’s the biggest thing.”