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Conference USA, Bob Stull release statements on wild UTEP-Old Dominion finish


Here are some statements released by Conference USA, and UTEP Athletic Director Bob Stull on the ending of the Old Dominion UTEP game from Thursday night.

Conference USA Statement

On the final possession of last night’s ODU at UTEP men’s basketball game, the clock did not start when it contacted the player in bounds. From available video and precision timing reports, we are unable to determine if this was a human or technical error.

Regardless of how the error occurred, the officials correctly utilized the replay monitor and two additional timing devices (per Rules 2.7.6, 5.4 and 11.2.1). It was determined that had the clock started when it should have, the final tip would have occurred after time expired, thereby disallowing the basket.

In addition to reviewing the video, reports and the rule book, the Conference office consulted with the NCAA National Coordinator of Officials to confirm that proper protocol for the review was followed.

Bob Stull Statement

"We are very disappointed in the outcome of last night's game. However, at this point we are moving forward and focusing all our attention on tomorrow's important matchup with Charlotte.

"The crowd was tremendous last night and we hope the fans will come back one more time tomorrow at 1 p.m. to support our team, which has made an amazing in-season turnaround and is playing for a first-round bye in next week's conference tournament."