Still hearing the “what happened?” comments with the last 11.6 seconds of last night’s men’s basketball game between NDSU and Oral Roberts. First, what happened: Tied at 72-72, Bison guard Mike Felt was fouled in a call that was away from the ball, something that irked ORU head coach Scott Sutton. Felt made two free throws.
After ORU’s StevenÂ Roundtree missed a contested close jumper, Felt was fouled again and was about to go to the free throw line. That’s when refereee John Yorkovich called a technical foul on Sutton. It wasn’t long before he called another one, thus giving Felt six free throws. Felt made all six and the Bison won 80-74.
Now, what really happened: It was personal. Sutton, after the game, said he’s had a “problem” with Yorkovich for a few years. He said Yorkovich has called about half of the technicals he’s had in his career. How many? “You can probably count them on two hands,” he said.
My take: A classic case of both partiesÂ having some fault, although I’m not ready to put percentages on it.Â I don’t like anÂ away-from-the-ball call in the final minute or two of a game. Let the kidsÂ decide the game with the ball in-hand. ThatÂ being said, if you’re down just two points, probably wiseÂ not to say much at that point if you’re the head coach. A friend of mine near the bench said the comments were personal in nature.