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Fans Are Not Happy With How Refs Managed The End Of This Big Upset

Ref stares at monitor.


Marshall pulled off a big upset over No. 4 Wichita State moments ago. For many fans, a number of late reviews sapped the game of its dramas.

There were three late monitor reviews in the final minute of the game. It really drew things out, after a thrilled back-and-forth game that featured well over a dozen lead changes.

The longest review gave Marshall the ball on a questionable out of bounds decision. It was far from indisputable, but the call gave the Thundering Herd the ball up three.

The team got the ball back, and Ajdin Penava got free for a wide-open dunk on the in-bounds after the call. That gave Marshall a five-point lead.

Marshall went on to win 81-75, pulling a huge upset on the Shockers.

During that final minute, which felt endless thanks to that review and a few more trips to the monitor, fans were not happy. An excellent game was slowed to a standstill. A number of big fans and college basketball experts alike ripped how the end-game situation was handled. From Twitter:

Getting calls right in big basketball games is obviously important. No one wants to watch their team screwed out of a one-and-done tournament due to a blown call.

However, the end of this game got absolutely ridiculous. There's an argument to be made that the this was the best game of the tournament so far through 59 minutes, and the final minute really dragged it down.

Jon Elmore was a monster for Marshall, scoring 27 points, including 4-of-8 shots from three-point range. Wichita State's Conner Frankamp matched his scoring output in a losing effort.

Marshall advanced to the round of 32 in the East Region. In-state power West Virginia could await; the Mountaineers face Murray State later today.