Texas Tech held off Gonzaga to win the West Regional Final and notch its first trip to the Final Four on Saturday night, but it didn’t come without controversy. A missed call by the referees has Bulldogs fans rather upset.
With just under one minute to play and Texas Tech holding a six-point lead, Red Raiders senior forward Tariq Owens scored an incredible block on Gonzaga star Rui Hacimura. Owens then saved the ball from going out of bounds, gaining possession for his team.
At least, that’s how the referees saw it.
In reality, Owens’ foot was completely out of bounds when he was saving the ball. Texas Tech was essentially given a free possession in the final minute of the game.
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) March 31, 2019
Great block by a Owens, but he was out of bounds. Bad miss by the officiating crew.
— Jay Bilas (@JayBilas) March 31, 2019
Tariq Owens was out of bounds. Wow. pic.twitter.com/6QD8tK8OWi
— Kyle Boone (@Kyle__Boone) March 31, 2019
The Red Raiders held on to win, 75-69.
Obviously, one call didn’t cost Gonzaga the entire game. But it did make the Bulldogs’ comeback attempt nearly impossible.
Texas Tech is the first team in the Final Four. We’ll have another after Virginia vs. Purdue.