National coordinator of officiating releases statement on three-point foul call at end of AU-UVA game
Auburn lost in heartbreaking fashion to Virginia Saturday night 63-62.
A last second foul was called on Auburn’s Samir Doughty that gave UVA’s Kyle Guy three free throws for the win, and with ice water in his veins, Guy knocked all three down to give the Cavaliers the victory.
Following the game, the national coordinator of officiating JD Collins released a statement on the foul call at the end of the game:
“With 0.6 seconds remaining in tonight’s national semifinal game between Virginia and Auburn, Virginia’s Kyle Guy was fouled on a three-point attempt by Auburn’s Samir Doughty. The call was made by official James Breeding, who ruled that Doughty moved into the airborne shooter, making contact with Guy while taking away his landing spot. The foul was a violation of Rule 4, Section 39.i, which states, “Verticality applies to a legal position and also to both the offensive and defensive players. The basic components of the principle of verticality are: The defender may not ‘belly up’ or use the lower part of the body or arms to cause contact outside his vertical plane or inside the opponent’s vertical plane.””
It was a tough way to end such a magical run for the Auburn Tigers.
Virginia now awaits the winner of Michigan State-Texas Tech for the national championship.