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Ok, so that's a bit melodramatic, but the refereeing in that game was unbelievably terrible. Or I should say, the refereeing wasn't very good for the first 18 minutes of the game, and was unspeakably atrocious for the last two minutes. I'm talking From Justin to Kelly, Octomom, Manti Teʻo's love life bad.
The disbelief was palpable, everyone was yelling. You could tell Wyatt was angry at himself for letting it go, and it seemed that he was even trying to signal that the ball went off him, but the ref wouldn't hear it. Temple's ball.
GW gets the ball back down 2 with about 30 to go, go down court and call a timeout. Then at the restart with 11 to go, Bynes takes the ball and goes up with it, misses, Dwayne Smith gets the board and misses, and that's game.
Normally I would have been less than pleased that Bynes took the last shot, but he did have a pretty good game, scoring 9 on 4/6 shooting, including a three. That said, I'd rather have somebody else taking that shot.
I don't like to go into conspiracies, but the conversation on ESPN, which seems mainly to be bettors, has some folks calling it really shady. I prefer to think it's just abominable refs.
Phew. There were some positives. GW played hard. Bynes scored 9, as did Dwayne Smith, who had some energy out there. Lasan Kromah had moments of confidence, though he also had 4 turnovers. The good guys shot 42.9% from three and outrebounded the Owls 32-25. The athletic department had a lot of hype for the game and the crowd showed up. There was a fun tailgate before and George Washington showed up in a Mike Hall jersey, along with his trusty steed, Mr. Glue. They (we) were named fans of the game on the Jumbotron, but earlier I think we were robbed in the dance contest. Maybe the sprinkler isn't the way to go, after all. Pops Mensah-Bonsu was in attendance, as were the Nationals' racing presidents, or at least Teddy and Abe. And we unveiled the new Colonial Hoops T-shirt shop (more on that in future posts.)
And the negatives -- a lot of missed lay-ups and short shots. No points for the last 8 minutes. Temple at times scored easily. And the team seemed flustered at the end, but for good reason.
But the game's over. Let's end it with a letter from Thomas Paine to George Washington written from prison in France. Paine was angry that Washington didn't work to get him out of prison during the Reign of Terror. (I suppose I would be pretty angry too.) However, the letter could just as well be addressed by the Smith Center as a whole to the referees.
Oh, Temple won 55-53.