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.
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.