It’s going to take a while for Auburn basketball fans to get over the missed double-dribble call late in the Tigers’ Final Four loss to Virginia on Saturday night.
Bruce Pearl is tired of hearing about the complaining, though.
Auburn’s head coach appeared on ESPN’s Get Up! on Monday morning and addressed his team’s controversial loss to the Cavaliers.
Pearl admitted that there is “human error” involved in basketball and, on that particular play, it harmed the Tigers. However, he added that everyone makes mistakes and you can’t dwell on one specific error.
“The biggest point I want to make and I’m sincere in this, I’m not just saying this because it’s politically the right thing to say. There is human error involved in the game. Kids make mistakes, coaches make mistakes. Yes, officials will make mistakes. That’s part of the game. Get over it,” he said on ESPN.
“Sometimes they’re going to go your way, sometimes they’re not going to go your way. Are we going to give God less glory because we lost and … only because we win? Stop. Grow up, this is part of the game. These kids taught us I think, in many, many ways how to handle defeat. And that’s a difficult thing to do for these young kids. And I’m proud of them.”
The missed double-dribble call allowed Virginia to retain possession against Auburn, trailing by two points with just seconds left. UVA ended up getting fouled on a game-winning 3-point attempt with less than a second to play. Kyle Guy made all three free throws, sending his team to the national title game.
The NCAA’s head of officiating addressed the 3-point foul, saying it was the correct call.
No statement was released on the missed double-dribble.