It’s the shot seen around the world at this point: Jordan Lathon’s buzzer-beater to give UTEP a much-needed win over Rice on Saturday night. However, the biggest win of the new Rodney Terry era has not come without controversy.
Sunday night, Rice filed a formal inquiry with Conference USA about the timing of the last play of the game. With 0.5 seconds left, UTEP threw the ball the length of the court and Lathon made the game winner. The play was reviewed on the court, and the officials counted the shot.
However, Rice athletic director Joe Karlgaard is questioning whether or not the game clock started on time and wants answers from C-USA.
In a statement to Fox26 Houston, Karlgaard said in part, “I don’t think I’ve ever seen a conference office overturn the outcome of a game…but if a mistake was made…I’d like some corrective action to make sure it doesn’t happen again.”
It is important to note that the officials control when the clock starts and stops with a remote control on their waist bands; it does not come from the scorer’s table, as is a common belief. If the clock didn’t start on time, the officials are at fault, not the Don Haskins Center scorer’s table.
Conference USA is expected to release a statement on its findings from the Owls’ inquiry on Tuesday, but the outcome of the game will not change. UTEP will still get credit for the dramatic 65-64 victory.