Tuesday, February 19, 2013

NC State coach: Bucket by VT's Eddie shouldn't have counted

Virginia Tech Hokies basketball

Berman Courtside

After watching the videotape of his team’s overtime win over Virginia Tech on Saturday, North Carolina State coach Mark Gottfried came to the same conclusion that ESPN2 analyst Fran Fraschilla did during the telecast: the Jarell Eddie bucket that forced OT should not have counted.

The Wolfpack led 78-75 when Lorenzo Brown fouled Erick Green with 5.2 seconds left in regulation.

Green made the first free throw but intentionally missed the second, with the ball hitting the right side of the rim and backboard.

When Green was at the free-throw line, Eddie was behind the 3-point arc. Eddie raced to the basket, grabbed the ball when it bounced off the backboard and scored on the putback to tie the score at 78.

But Eddie left his spot behind the 3-point arc while Green’s free throw was still in the air.

Eddie “started at the top of the key, and the rule is, is that player, if you’re not on the lane, you cannot leave and cross that plane at the top of the key until the ball hits the rim,” Gottfried said Monday. “[Eddie] obviously did, and in my opinion that basket should have been waved off. ... The rule is in place for the very reason that if a player starts at the top of the key, you really don’t have any opportunity to block him out.”

MEN'S TENNIS

No. 1 Virginia 4, No. 2 Southern California 2
SEATTLE, Wash. -- The No. 1 Virginia men's tennis team defeated No. 2 Southern California by a 4-2 score to claim its fifth ITA National Team Indoor Championship in six years.

Virginia (6-0) earned the doubles point and Jarmere Jenkins, Alex Domijan and Mitchell Frank earned wins in the singles portion.

Jenkins defeated Ray Sarmiento 6-2, 6-4 and Domijan defeated Emilio Gomez 6-3, 6-2. Frank defeated Roberto Quiroz 6-3, 7-5 to clinch.

BASEBALL
No. 25 Virginia 9, St. Peter's 1
CHARLOTTESVILLE -- Nick Howard drove in two runs and Brandon Downes hit a solo homer as No. 25 Virginia (3-0) pulled away from St. Peter's (0-1) late.

Downes crossed the plate three times and Branden Cogswell and Reed Gragnani each scored two runs for the Cavaliers. Virginia led 3-1 going into the bottom of the seventh inning, but added three runs in each the seventh and eighth innings.

Trey Oest struck out four batters and allowed just one hit over six innings of work for win.

GOLF

Hokies tied for 8th in Puerto Rico
San Juan, P.R. -- Virginia Tech heads into the final round of the Puerto Rico Classic with a four-over-par 580, tied for eighth place with Augusta State.

Mikey Moyers vaulted from 10th place up to a tie for first with Oklahoma's Eduardo Castiello by shooting a five-under-par 67. Scott Vincent is tied for 19th with a score of 143.

Alabama and Oklahoma enter the final round tied with a 19-under-par 557 and Southern Methodist finished the day with a score of 565.

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