Posted: 1:01 pm Friday, March 14th, 2014

Tech feeling wronged by Heyward foul 

By Ken Sugiura

On the final critical play of Georgia Tech’s overtime loss to Clemson, Georgia Tech felt it was wronged on an offensive foul call on guard Corey Heyward.

In overtime, Tech trailed 63-62 when it came out of a timeout with the ball and 35.2 seconds remaining. There were 27 seconds left on the shot clock. Early in the possession, Heyward attempted to execute a handoff on the perimeter to guard Trae Golden. However, as the two players ran towards each other, Heyward collided with Clemson forward Damarcus Harrison, who was guarding Golden and also running towards the handoff.

Both Heyward and Golden said they anticipated that Harrison would get called for the foul. Instead, referee Dwayne Gladden whistled Heyward.

“I felt like we got fouled,” Heyward said. “It was kind of a 50-50 play. It’s not our call, it’s the refs’ call and it went that way. But that’s basketball.”

A replay showed that Harrison and Heyward ran straight into each other and Harrison, giving up 16 points to Heyward’s stout frame, fell over. It easily be argued that Harrison should have been called for the foul, particularly given the emphasis this season on giving offensive players freedom of movement.

It would have sent Heyward or Golden to the line for two free throws and a chance to take the lead with 26.9 seconds left. Instead, with the foul called on Heyward, Harrison made both free throws for a 65-62 lead. Golden missed on a drive on the next possession, forcing Tech to foul again. Clemson’s Landry Nnoko made both free throws for a 67-62 lead with 17 seconds remaining to seal the game.

Coach Brian Gregory said he was given an explanation of the call from an official, but “the explanation did not suffice.”

23 comments
drydirtroad
drydirtroad

I saw the incident on tv, saw the replay, and without a doubt Heyward was fouled. But w/o a doubt, during the last Tech-Georgia baseball game in Athens, the Georgia batter stepped on home plate in front of the Tech catcher trying to throw to second to prevent a steal, and the ump called it in Georgia's favor. We Tech fans know Georgia did not win, and we know Heyward was fouled. I think knowing is what's most important.

Ole Techs
Ole Techs

Miller was fouled on the last shot in regulation. The defender's hand hit Millers shooting hand. Miller should have been shooting one for the win.

Gorespapa
Gorespapa

Anyone who says it was a moving screen does not deserve the opportunity to comment,

Woofer
Woofer

Whine, whine, whine.

Typical of those in nerdville.

BigIrishMike
BigIrishMike

Last rebounding foul Mller clearly was pushed out of the way then had to foul.

RoadScholar
RoadScholar

How about when Golden went to the basket towards the end of the game and got bumped TWICE....No foul! Contact during the drive.  Were we playing Duke or NC?

khd713
khd713

Bad call or not (and I don't necessarily think it was a bad call - lots of contact. At that point in the game, though, probably best to leave it as a no-call), the key play in overtime was Miller's missed dunk. Such a shame that he couldn't flush that one as it would have put Tech in firm control. Things went downhill fast after that miss, and the Jackets were done. Hated to see Miller go out that way, especially after his stellar buzzer-beater at the end of regulation.

GTBob
GTBob

As for the call? Meh. Im not big on blaming refs for anything. It's not in our hands. There were many other factors in that game that we could have slightly improved and won.

GTBee
GTBee

Teams with higher RPI's than Tech;  Rhode Island, Yale, Quinnipiac, IPFW (who?), Holy Cross, Utah Valley (wow), etc, etc.  Case closed .....and season too!

Born2Buzz
Born2Buzz

It was a horrible call, especially at that moment of the game.   But we should never been in that position to begin with.  

Do better than 11-20 on FT's, or maybe Carter do better than 5-21 (whoa - 23%) and we win in regulation without an issue.


What's a shame is that the guys were playing so much better than earlier in the season, actually better than just 2 weeks ago.  Still, it was a recurring theme much of the year, not able to finish off a game that you controlled much of the night.   I can't quite blame Gregory for the missed FTs, or Miller's missed dunk, or the bad call, but he's got to figure out how to not have these meltdowns in the late/close game situations.  Otherwise he will be gone.


Thank you Daniel Miller, Kam Holsey and Trae Golden for all your efforts.  Especially Daniel and Kam for 5 years of hard work as TECH Men.  We're going to miss them.

TheOldGuy
TheOldGuy

Although the Tech center (Miller?) should have been called or a technical after shoving the Clemson kid out of bounds after the rebound towards the end of the game o it all works out.


The Tech center (Miller?) made a great shot falling backwards to send it into OT though.

GTBee
GTBee

Oh my.  Fa-getta-bout it!!!  We stink. Case closed.

RichardKPE
RichardKPE

He wants an explanation?  Two words: moving screen.

GGee
GGee

Yes he most definitely was. But God forbid they call a foul in a critical situation with not enough time for the favorite to overcome. On the Heyward foul... Watch Duke play one time. They do handoffs ALL the time. If thats a moving screen, Duke would be over the limit after their first 7 possessions.

ToeMeetsLeather
ToeMeetsLeather

Now that your insightful comment has been registered, you can go back to licking your ba*** mutt.

ToeMeetsLeather
ToeMeetsLeather

No, but we were playing a team vying for a fifth spot in the NCAA playoff though.

GTBob
GTBob

@GTBee  Case closed? You really think those teams would have had great RPIs if they had played in the ACC?

BearCasey
BearCasey

@GTBee I refuse to believe that you are intelligent enough to get into GT much less graduate.  Case closed forever.

JacketMan
JacketMan

Did you even watch the play? There was no screen involved; the ball was literally HANDED OFF and the players bumped into each other as Harrison attempted to make the steal. Just to let you know what I'm talking about, here's the basic definition from the rule book:

If the screener is screening a moving opponent, he/she must set the screen somewhere between one and two strides from the opponent, so as to give the defender "time and distance" to stop or change direction. The distance will vary based on the speed of the screened player. NFHS does not distinguish between whether this screen is within or outside the screened player's visual field, so the 1-2 strides applies to both.

Again, in this case, Heyward was actually handing off the ball and the defender was trying to make a steal at the time, not allowing the Tech player to even set a screen at the time the foul was called. In this case, the proper call should have been a personal foul on the Clemson player.

SansWorld
SansWorld

Look to me like the defender was just trying to cover golden it was basically just covering his man and Haywood neither gave him time nor space before you piled into him. The defender has the right to that open-space while covering a man unless Haywood was indeed set. But Haywood was still moving in this case