Team loses on technical foul after buzzer-beater prompts court storm

Buzzer-beaters are some of the most exciting things to happen in basketball. Whether it’s at the end of the first half to add on to a team’s already-commanding lead or at the end of the game to win in dramatic fashion, it’s fun to see them.

For the University of Sioux Falls women’s basketball team, a Division II team in South Dakota, they learned how buzzer-beaters can sometimes prompt some ridiculous calls. On Friday, the team was trailing Winona State, 58-56 when senior Taylor Varsho hit an apparent game-winning buzzer-beating three point shot to give them a 59-58 win.

This shot prompted a handful of fans to storm the court and begin the celebration, which isn’t uncommon for these types of wins.

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However, as the referees scrambled to get the fans off the court because there was still a few fractions of a second left on the clock, they issued a technical foul to Sioux Falls, which allowed Winona State’s Alexis Foley to hit two free throws and win the game, 60-59.

The officials were reported to the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference and it was later determined that the referees should not have issued a technical foul on the fans.

You can’t really blame the fans for going crazy the way they did. Buzzer-beaters are exciting and fun to watch, but they can sometimes be costly.

At least the three officials in the game have been punished. They all received a letter of reprimand and were suspended for four games and they have also been banned from postseason play in 2016.

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