Conference USA completes review of UTEP-Rice finish

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Following the completion of UTEP’s dramatic 65-64 win over Rice on Jan. 12, the Owls filed a formal inquiry into the timing of the final play of the game.

With 0.5 on the clock, UTEP threw the ball the length of the court to Jordan Lathon, who made the game-winner as the buzzer sounded. The officials reviewed the play on the floor and ruled the basket was good.

But Rice contended that the shot shouldn’t have counted because the clock didn’t start on time, and asked for a review from C-USA.

Tuesday, the conference finished its review and commissioner Judy MacLeod released the following statement, saying that Rice was right to be upset, but the outcome of the game would not change: 

“Following our comprehensive review with additional video of the conclusion of the January 12th Rice at UTEP men’s basketball game, we determined the clock did not start on time. It was a hard-fought game with many close plays that culminated in a great shot by each team in the final seconds. All video replay processes will be reviewed to ensure the best possible information is available to our officials on site.” 

It is important to note that the officials control the game clock with a clicker on their waistbands, not the scorer’s table, so UTEP’s clock operator is not at fault.

The Miners are back in action Thursday at UAB and Saturday at Middle Tennessee.

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