The Missouri Valley announced Monday that it has disciplined the three officials who worked Sunday’s game between Wichita State and Illinois State at Normal, Ill.
The league said the three-man crew of David Hall, Gerry Pollard and Paul Janssen allowed the wrong Wichita State player to shoot free throws after a flagrant one technical foul was called on Illinois State’s Jackie Carmichael. The call figured heavily in the Shockers’ late rally as they earned a 68-67 win.
With his team leading 65-60, Carmichael soared through the air to snare a rebound of a missed Wichita State shot with 40 seconds to play. Before he came down, Carmichael kicked Tekele Cotton in the chest.
After a Wichita State foul, the referees reviewed the Carmichael play and ruled that Carmichael had intentionally kicked Cotton and called a flagrant one foul. After Illinois State made two free throws to push its lead to 67-60, the officials allowed Cleanthony Early, rather than Cotton, to shoot the flagrant foul on Carmichael.
Anthony is Wichita State’s best free-throw shooter, having made 80.5 percent from the line. Cotton’s 58.6-percent accuracy from the line is second-worst among players in the regular rotation.
Early made both free throws to trim the deficit to five points. The flagrant foul allowed Wichita State to retain possession, and Early buried a 3-point basket. After an Illinois State turnover, Early made another 3-pointer with 4.8 seconds to play to give his team the win.
The Valley did not specify what action will be taken against the officials, and that the discipline would be handled internally.
Wichita State’s win allowed the Shockers to maintain a one-game lead over Creighton in the chase for the regular-season championship.
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