Washington to protest buzzer-beating loss to Oregon State

Washington’s men’s basketball coach Lorenzo Romar told ESPN that he has contacted the Pac-12 to protest the Huskies’ buzzer-beating loss to Oregon State last night.

“We’re waiting to hear back,” Romar said.

Washington led Oregon State by two points with 3.3 seconds remaining in the game yesterday when Beavers guard Stevie Thompson received the inbounds pass and then raced up the full length of the court before launching an off-balance three-pointer that fell through the net and gave Oregon State the win. However, looking at video of the highlight, note that the clock doesn’t start running until after Johnson receives the pass.

The officials reviewed the shot and confirmed that Johnson did get it off in time, but there was no review regarding the clock. Thus continues some botched officiating in that department, with Boise State having had a buzzer-beater waved off against Colorado State despite James Webb III’s shot getting off in time and let’s not forget Duke guard Grayson Allen’s buzzer-beater against Virginia that shouldn’t have counted.

What really makes this sting for the Huskies, however, is that they are right on the bubble at 16-12 (8-8 Pac-12) and 3.5 games out of first place in the Pac-12. Thus, with a game against elite Oregon this weekend and then the regular season finale against Washington State next week, Washington’s best hope for the tournament save for beating Oregon is probably winning the Pac-12 Tournament outright.

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*Featured Photo (above) credit to Pac-12 Networks

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