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Andrew Joseph

College basketball fans hated how the refs decided the end to the San Diego State-Creighton game

San Diego State is heading to the Final Four for the first time in the program’s history, but how it got there won’t rank up with the most thrilling of NCAA tournament moments.

We thank can the officials for that.

With time winding down in a tie game against Creighton, San Diego State’s Darrion Trammell drew a foul with 1.2 seconds lefts in the game (after a review). Trammell missed the first free throw but knocked down the second, giving SDSU a one-point lead and leaving Creighton with little time for a desperation play.

The foul itself was awfully questionable given how the game was called. There was a hand on Trammell’s hip, but it didn’t seem to impact the shot in any significant way.

After the free throws, Creighton ended up having Baylor Scheierman attempt a full-court pass to set up a last-second shot, but that pass deflected out of bounds as time appeared to expire. That should have been the moment for San Diego State to celebrate, but everything was put on hold because college basketball officials insist on reviewing everything.

Like, that should have been it. The ball was deflected and went out of bounds as time expired. The officials would review the play and determine just that, breaking out a stop watch because the clock actually started late.

This was how the game really ended:

So dull, so anticlimactic. College basketball fans didn’t love how the officials took over those final sequences of the game.

This was how Twitter reacted

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