UCLA defeated SMU, 60-59, in the second round of the NCAA tournament Thursday thanks to a controversial call by officials, who called goaltending when SMU's Yanick Moreira tipped a three-point shot by UCLA's Bryce Alford.
"It's all my fault. I should have let the ball hit the rim," Moreira said.
Moreira thought the shot would miss the basket, so he jumped and tipped the ball. Even on replay, it wasn't clear whether the officials' call was correct. The ball came down near the rim. Even if it would have hit it, it had little chance of going in.
For goaltending, the NCAA said in a statement, the ball must be on a downward flight, be above the rim, and must have "the possibility, while in flight, of entering the basket." The statement said the "goaltending criteria was met."
Reaction on Twitter since the game has been intense. A sampling:
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Explain to me how that SMU player has to go meet the media after the #goaltending call, but the refs can go hide in a room?— Sam Schwartz (@Mr_FAOSchwartz) March 19, 2015