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Drew Ellis covers Oakland University basketball for The Oakland Press. His news and notes keep you up to date with Golden Grizzlies men's basketball.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

The phantom (foul) of the NCAA tournament


The word from the Oakland fans was the Grizzlies were getting worked by the referees. They were whistled 17 times to Texas' 14 personal fouls, but one of the biggest Oakland fouls may have killed momentum created by in a late-second half comeback.
Larry Wright was called for a foul with just 59 seconds remaining, just 20-some seconds after he hit a 3-pointer with 1:22 left, pulling the Grizzlies within five, 80-75. That was as close as they would get. (Watch the foul courtesy of Corey at Golden Grizzlies Gameplan.)
“It was a call where I felt like wasn't a foul," Wright said. "He tripped over his own feet, but things happen.”
The crowd roared with disapproval following a replay the call and Cory Joseph split at the line after that.
A couple minutes later, the game and Oakland's season was over.

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