Friday, March 21, 2008

N.J. SENATOR WANTS NCAA INVESTIGATION

Associated Press
TRENTON, N.J. - A New Jersey lawmaker wants the NCAA to investigate the Rutgers-Tennessee women's basketball game won by the Lady Vols amid a dispute over whether the clock paused, allowing a foul and game-winning free throws.

Nicky Anosike sank two free throws with two-tenths of a second left as then-No. 1 Tennessee rallied for a 59-58 win over then-No. 5 Rutgers in a rematch of last season's national championship game.

Sen. Robert Singer's (R-Ocean) nonbinding legislation calls on the NCAA to investigate the game played at Thompson-Boling Arena.

"It looked a little strange," Singer said Wednesday. "It was done on their own home court that way. You know, I thought from watching the game that time had run out."

Television replays showed the game clock seeming to pause at 0.2 for about 1.3 seconds before running out as Anosike came down with an offensive rebound and was grabbed from behind by Kia Vaughn on Feb. 11.

Officials replayed the video and ruled the foul came just before the buzzer.

"It was an exciting game, and you know, you win some, you lose some," Singer said. "That's not the issue. The issue is with today's technology there should be a better way to do it."

The Southeastern Conference said the officials properly discharged their duties, but Rutgers coach C. Vivian Stringer said her team deserved to win.

(AP Photo/Fred Beckham)

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