|Posted on December 22, 2017 at 10:20 PM|
Article by Dan Tortora
In a game where there were 23 fouls called in the first half alone, and 45 fouls called overall, one stuck out like no other.
It was the play that involved Syracuse Orange true freshman forward Oshae Brissett with 12 seconds remaining in overtime. Brissett took the ball down the paint and to the rim, seemingly taking contact while taking the ball from low and flipping it up and into the basket.
Fans cheered for what appeared to be a potential old-fashioned three-point play as St. Bonaventure Bonnies' senior guard Jaylen Adams hit the floor hard.
The basket was waved off and the officials determined that Brissett was responsible for an offensive foul.
This singular decision by the officials took what would have been a 59-58 lead by the Orange and instead placed Adams on the free-throw line for the Bonnies. Adams would make both free throws to move St. Bonaventure out to a 60-57 advantage, which would be the final score of the game.
Speaking with Brissett immediately following the game, he told me, "That was a bad call. I didn't run into him. I avoided him. He stuck his hip out and fell."
"Coach [Boeheim] was mad. Didn't get mad at me for doing that. He got mad at the refs," Brissett stated.
"That's just something that that's on the ref's hands. There's nothing I can say about that. I went strong, tried to finish, and I did. But, that's just on the ref's hands."
As far as what he took from the call, which was out of his control. "Like you said, it's out of my control. Just gotta get back on defense and get a stop, try to go again next time I have the offensive chance."
Syracuse's final chance on offense was with five seconds remaining, where Brissett's teammate from Athlete Institute in Canada, fellow true freshman point guard Howard Washington, Jr., took a three-point try that was blocked.
The Orange had one more opportunity when the officials put 0.3 seconds back onto the game clock. Junior point guard Frank Howard tried to force the shot up with minimal time, a shot that also did not make it to the rim.
Howard, shared with me his take on the Brissett potential And-1 play that was ruled an offensive foul on Brissett, stating, "Being a ref is the toughest job in the business, so I'm not gonna criticize a ref. I thought it was an And-1. I'm sure everybody else in the building did, except for the Bonnies' section, but it is what it is, man."
"We're not gonna get every call, so it is what it is."
"Honestly, going into every game I thought we would go undefeated at home, but that's just the confidence I have in our team," Brissett expressed.
"Losses come, but you know they also go. So, you know, next game's coming up. We're just gonna hve to get ready and fight like we know we can."
The loss to St. Bonaventure is their first loss of the season at home in the Carrier Dome, and second loss overall, giving them a 10-2 record so far in the 2017-18 campaign, with one more non-conference game to play, a home match-up with the Eastern Michigan Eagles on Wednesday, December 27, at 7pmET.