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Monday, March 19, 2018

UCLA beats SMU on controversial goaltending call (Video)

UCLA beat SMU in the first round of the NCAA Tournament Thursday after getting some help thanks to a controversial goaltending call in the final 20 seconds.

UCLA blew a big second half lead and was trailing the Mustangs 59-55 with about 30 seconds left. Norman Powell made a pair of free throws to make it a two-point game, and then UCLA got a steal. Coming out of a timeout, they gave the ball to Bryce Alford, who had already made eight 3-pointers in the game. His shot looked like a definite miss, but SMU went up for the ball and caught it. The play was called goaltending, giving UCLA the three points.

Alford thought it was goaltending.

“Yeah, I did (think it was goaltending). When I shot it I thought it was going towards the rim and I saw a hand come up and grab it. It was either a rebound or goaltend, but it was on its way to the hoop, so you can’t fault the call,” Alford said.

SMU goaltending

Alford’s 27 points coming on nine 3-pointers led all scorers.

Here’s another angle of the shot and call:

Here is the explanation from the National Coordinator of Officials:

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