Syracuse, NY, United States (4E Sports) – Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim admitted that he went too far when he stormed the court and was ejected during the game against Duke.
“There’s no question I went too far,” Boeheim said. “In my mind, the game was over. That was really the call that got me.”
“Would you rather not do that? Probably. But when you’re in the middle of that moment, when you’re involved in a game like that and you feel the game is gone because of this play, you lose control of your emotions,” he added.
Boeheim was whistled for two technical fouls with 10.4 seconds left and tossed from the game with Duke up, 60-58. The Blue Devils were awarded four technical foul shots because of Boeheim’s ejection, sank three of them and won 66-60.
However, Boeheim did not feel that Duke got every call on its favor during that game.
“No, I absolutely did not. We had a good crew. The reason the last call got me was because the call a few minutes earlier on a very similar play went against us,” he said.
“It was a close play. I think you could argue either way on it, though I thought with the new rule they’ve been calling that a block and they did that against us,” added Boeheim.
Boeheim stressed that Duke won the game because they got a great coach and great players.
“Duke wins because they’re good. They thought we got a call at the end of the Maryland game – it didn’t look like a foul, but it could have been called, but it wasn’t. Usually, refs don’t make those calls unless it’s an absolute foul at the end of the game,” he said.
Boeheim also favored suggestions that the Orange could have won the game if he hadn’t received those technical fouls.
“So if those technicals hadn’t happened, we would have been down four with eight seconds to go. I would say that’s a mathematical impossibility that we’re going to win,” he said.
“I think so. I think you have to say that. It’s good for our players, they know what they need to do in those situations. The way the tournament is shaping up, you’re going to be in close games from the first game on. I don’t think there’s going to be many blowouts this year.”