Monday, January 19, 2009

EVEN BIG EAST REFS ARE AFRAID OF KRZYUSVBCMN4SKI

No. 2 DUKE 76, No. 12 Georgetown 67

Again, having not seen the game as we travelled to NC for the UNC v. Miami nightcap in Chapel Hill, we didn’t see Big East ref Jim Cahill T-up Georgetown’s best player at a critical point in the second half. The questionable call (by most media sources – see below) saddled Greg Monroe with his fourth foul just when the Hoyas had trimmed Duke’s 15 point lead to just 4 points.

A Georgetown fan behind the bench was attributed with the offending comments by several (legitimate) media outlets, and the proper call for Cahill to have made would have been to call the technical on the G-Town bench. The very same bench he had his back to when the comment was made.

Monroe, a model student and all-around nice kid, supposedly said something to the official about a foul on another Georgetown player. "I can't say if I heard someone else, but I know I definitely didn't say anything," Monroe said afterward.

Did it cost Georgetown the game? Who knows? We’d guess probably not, but it does add another chapter to the bizarro world of officiating of Duke games. Remember “clockgate” from a few years back at Clemson?

Here is some related coverage courtesy of D.C. Sports Blog…it includes various links to media outlets that may be perceived to be less biased by those Duke supporters who find nothing “unusual” about this series of events.

All of that aside, there was a game. Gerald Henderson scored 23 and Kyle Singler added 15 points and 16 rebounds. Jon “Crazy Face” Scheyer had 11 points for the Blue Devils (16-1) who won their eighth straight overall. They shot 48.6 percent and closed their home nonconference schedule by winning their Division I-best 68th consecutive non-ACC game at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

DaJuan Summers scored 21 points in his 17th straight double-figure game, and Austin Freeman added 15 for the Hoyas (12-4).

(By Ellen Ozier - Reuters and AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

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