Referees blew call near end of National Championship game
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 08, 2017,
Apr 08, 2017, 2:36
Joel Berry II, one of multiple seniors on the North Carolina squad, led the team with 22 points and 5 assists, and Justin Jackson, a junior likely to enter the National Basketball Association draft, added 16 points.
Monday night's national title game was expected to be a fast-paced, competitive showcase for North Carolina forward Justin Jackson and Gonzaga point guard Nigel Williams-Goss, two of the best players in college this season.
"I feel like the way we ended it a year ago, we just worked so hard and we got this second chance and took advantage if it". "Not a lot of people can say they can do that".
"I know that we did nothing wrong". "It was just a dream come true and I was elated for them". And won. The Tar Heels missed 23 of 27 3-point shots. The star of Saturday's semifinal win against OR, having grabbed the game-clinching rebound, Meeks came up with the miss as North Carolina rolled another 27 seconds off the clock before Isaiah Hicks essentially put the game away for the Tar Heels. Williams got his third title, putting him one ahead of his mentor, Dean Smith, and now behind only John Wooden, Adolph Rupp, and Mike Krzyzewski. "I should have told you let me think about it afterwards because I wasn't going to jinx myself". "I'm thinking our offense stinks".
"No matter the outcome we knew He was there and He's got our back".
Joel Berry II recovered from ankle injuries to lead the Tar Heels with 22 points on 7-for-19 shooting. Overall, the Tar Heels actually shot a percentage point worse than they did in Saturday night's win over Oregon. He was fouled on a basket and made the free throw.
The foul calls stirred up boos from the crowd all night and backlash on social media, including a tweet from LeBron James, who said: "Man I can't watch this anymore man!" The 44 total fouls called were the most in a title game since 2009.
Both teams like to get the ball inside but when it did go in there was usually a whistle.
He ended up being called for his fourth foul despite replay showing minimal contact. A crucial jump ball led to an Isaiah Hicks bucket, which gave Carolina a 68-65 lead. After a long delay, the refs called Karnowski for a flagrant foul of his own. "I need (Williams) to be tough on him", Nokhia Meeks said. "It was just a physical game". I thought they did a fabulous job. It should have been Gonzaga's ball with about 50 seconds remaining.
"I never had a net before", a beaming Hicks said amid the celebration of a 71-65 win over Gonzaga at University of Phoenix Stadium.
Had Eades called Meeks out of bounds, Gonzaga would've gotten the ball down by one with 53 seconds left.
"To be so close for us is a temporarily crushing blow right now", Few said. "From my angle it didn't look like it was a situation where there was an out-of-bounds situation or I else I would have called for a review". "So that's tough. It's tough to hear".
"I mean, how many teams would take 37-2, league champs, national runner-up?"
Officiating had nothing to do with the final score of the NCAA men's championship game.