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ACC comments about final seconds of Clemson vs Duke basketball game

Posted Friday, January 26, 2007

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Greeensboro, NC - Atlantic Coast Conference Coordinator of Basketball Officials John Clougherty has issued the following statement regarding the final seconds of No. 10 Duke's 68-66 last-second win over visiting Clemson on Thursday.

"The league acknowledges that a timing error was made in not starting the game clock at the correct time, when the ball was stolen by Clemson's Vernon Hamilton off the in-bounded pass from Duke's Josh McRoberts.

"We came to this conclusion after completing a review of the game film as well as internal conversations with the crew of officials, both head coaches and conference office staff. At this point, as with most league officiating matters, this situation has been handled and resolved internally."

Coordinator of basketball officials John Clougherty said the league reviewed the game film and discussed the clock controversy with the officials, Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski and Clemson Coach Oliver Purnell.

A Duke spokesman said school officials would have no comment.

Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski's opening statement after the Clemson game -

“We won a great game. They play such good defense and we play really good defense too. They wear you down and they have good depth and are obviously well-coached and well-disciplined. Those last 10 minutes our kids had to be men because I thought [Clemson] was stronger than us. Nothing against our guys; they were just stronger. Guys had to make some big plays. We played really well. For us to out-rebound them 40-24 shows the effort that my guys had the whole night. I thought we were very deserving to win. We could not put the ball in the basket at times. I’m really proud of our guys. The last few minutes of the first half were our best. We knew they weren’t going to let up or anything. The last 12 seconds of the game, we made a mistake. That kid [Vernon] Hamilton is a heck of a player. We threw the ball to him but he still had to hit it. We had a timeout left and we weren’t going to get it to half court and call a timeout. We felt like we could just push it. They actually took away what we had diagramed, but Jon [Scheyer] made a play and Dave [McClure] made a shot. It’s not an easy shot. It was a great win. I want to thank our crowd; everybody in the gym was terrific. As much as our team followed the game plan, no player followed it better than our sixth man. Our sixth man was terrific. They understood, they were there, and I think it carried over to the whole gymnasium. It was one of those magical nights in Cameron. I really want to thank the crowd and especially the students for understanding and for being hungry.”

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ACC comments about final seconds of Clemson vs Duke basketball game
Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski.
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