Syracuse beat West Virginia 63-61 Saturday after getting a break on a missed call by the referees. West Virginia’s Truck Bryant bombed a three and missed in the final seconds, but Deniz Kilicli got the rebound and went up for the putback. His ball bounced off the backboard and was blocked by center Baye Moussa Keita. The referees did not call a goaltend like they should have, preserving Syracuse’s 63-61 lead. Mountaineers coach Bob Huggins is convinced they missed the call.
“Do I think it was? No. I know it was. I saw the replay,” Huggins said. “It’s hard. You’ve got 30 seconds and you’re trying to get them refocused and they’re all thinking about other things.”
Syracuse won 63-61 to improve to 22-1, but they probably should have gone to overtime for the game. They certainly are much weaker without Fab Melo in the lineup and caught a break Saturday.