The longest 0.8 seconds in Boise State basketball history continues to be a point of debate, with the latest statement by the Mountain West registering a hollow victory for the Broncos, who still want an actual victory.
On Friday, one day after supporting the controversial call at Colorado State on Wednesday night, the conference came to the same conclusion the rest of the nation did: James Webb III’s 3-pointer at the end of the first overtime should have counted and Boise State should have won.
However, according to the Mountain West in its released statement Friday, “NCAA Men’s Basketball Playing Rule 5, Section 5 does not allow a protest to be filed or the result of the game to be overturned,” so the Broncos’ 97-93 defeat in double overtime will stand.
An Idaho Statesman review of the basketball rule book says protests are not allowed, but it does not mention that a game’s result cannot be overturned. The NCAA’s primary handbook, however, states in Rule 1, Article 3, Paragraph B, “When the referee declares that the game is ended, the score is final.”
On Friday afternoon, Boise State said it has been in contact with the Mountain West over a discrepancy in the timer that game officials used during the video replay process and the actual game clock in the arena.
The school said in a statement, “While a formal protest is not permissible based on the NCAA rulebook, Boise State is ready to exhaust every resource it has to getting this right.”
Friday’s statement by the Mountain West is its third on the matter, including a game official’s explanation of the reversal Wednesday night.
The conference initially said officials made the right call based on the available information, but the reviewed video was not delivered at full speed from the production truck.
Boise State coach Leon Rice addressed the media Thursday, hopeful the Broncos would retroactively get the win.
“Maybe this is a precedent. Maybe this is a situation where they say, ‘We have a different winner,’ and I’ll accept it, I’ll take it,” Rice said Thursday, reiterating it Friday to ESPN.com, saying “the game should be over and Boise should get the W.”
On Friday, Rice offered a statement through the school’s sports information department:
“As a team, we have moved on to prepare for our game (Saturday) against Wyoming. As coaches and players, our job is to be resilient in the face of extreme circumstances.
“I’m proud of this group and how they have handled the adversity that has been unfortunately placed upon them. The matter is above and beyond our control now and in the hands of the conference office.”
It was the second time in a week the Mountain West had to admit an error late in a game, saying a New Mexico turnover in the final seconds before going to overtime with San Diego State should not have been ruled one.
PATIENT ALFORD MAKES A BIG IMPACT
Boise State desperately needed a spark going into the Colorado State game, and the Broncos found it in senior guard Montigo Alford.
Alford scored a career-high 25 points, including seven 3-pointers, in his first start since Nov. 16. He came into the game with seven 3-pointers all season and 19 points in the previous 14 games.
Rice had said leading up to the game that changes would be made, and using Alford more was certainly part of the plan.
“We freed his mind up, and that’s on me. I’ve held him back too much,” Rice said. “He’s just got to go do what he does. I told him he’s one of the best athletes I’ve ever coached, and I don’t want to coach that out of him. He responded, and he did it in a great way.”
In addition to his scoring output, the 5-foot-9 Alford tied a career-high with four rebounds and blocked a 3-pointer to end the first half.
“Hats off to my teammates and my coaches,” Alford said. “They believed in me, wanted me to do what I do. I’ve thought too much most games I’ve played here, so (Wednesday) I just went and played my game. Everyone on this team kept me positive.”
Added Webb: “Something had to change. ... He just played his game, didn’t worry about every little thing, and he brought it.”
Boise State produced an audition video for Alford for the college dunk contest. Check it out below:
TODAY: WYOMING IS DANGEROUS DESPITE RECORD
The Wyoming team Boise State will face Saturday had one major part it was missing when the Cowboys hosted the Broncos on Jan. 23.
Senior guard Josh Adams was suspended for the Broncos’ 81-71 win, but he’s back at Taco Bell Arena, averaging 24.7 points per game this season, ranking No. 3 in Division I.
Junior guard Jason McManamen had a career-best 25 points against the Broncos in a game that was tied 38-38 at halftime.
The Wyoming native has become a steady outside threat for the Cowboys, hitting 44.6 percent of his 3-pointers, good for 20th in the nation.
FORMER KICKER GOODALE HAS MORE THAN A LEG
Dan Goodale made 80 percent of his field goals and scored 282 points for the Boise State football team from 2011 to 2014, and joined the basketball team as a manager last season.
Often seen before practices firing up half-court shots, he was videotaped Wednesday in Fort Collins nailing a shot into a basket pulled up toward the rafters more than 30 rows up from the floor.
The trick shot was noticed by ESPN, which posted it simply with “wow,” getting more than 350 retweets on Twitter, and was shown on Fox Sports 1 on Wednesday night.
Wyoming (12-13, 5-7) at Boise State (16-9, 7-5)
- When: 2 p.m. Saturday
- Where: Taco Bell Arena
- TV: CBS Sports Network
- Radio: KBOI 670 AM
- Tickets: $7-$18 juniors, $8-$19 seniors, $9-$20 adults at the arena box office or BroncoSports.com/tickets