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Controversial Call in Kansas' Win Over UCLA Defended by NCAA Head of Officials

Dec 3, 2010 – 1:23 PM
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The controversial call that ended Kansas' narrow win over UCLA Thursday night was the proper call, the NCAA's head of officiating said Friday. John Adams said that the "refs reacted properly" when whistling UCLA's Malcolm Lee for a reach-in foul with less than a second remaining, according to ESPN's Andy Katz.

After a Tyler Honeycutt three knotted the score at 76, the Jayhawks raced down the floor and initially lost the ball. In the scramble that ensued, Kansas's Mario threw up a flailing heave as he fell to the court. Lee was called for a foul and Little made one of two at the line to seal the win.

"Normally you wouldn't make that kind of call at that point in the game unless it was obvious," UCLA coach Ben Howland said after the game. "It's very disappointing to end the game on that note."

Adams was resolute in defense of official Doug Sirmons.

"The only argument you can make is whether or not it was a foul," Adams told Katz. "It's a foul. It's incredibly unfortunate to end a game like that, but I've looked at the tape this morning and Doug called the foul like he was supposed to."

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