Well, you should check it out because it is certainly bizarre.
Leading by three points with less than five seconds to go, Richmond elected to foul and put Charlotte on the line. It was a smart move, but then the wheels came off in the most unforeseen way possible.
The first Charlotte free throw went in; cutting the lead to two, but two players became oddly tangled underneath the hoop. Richmond’s Derrick Williams was T’d up for shoving Willie Clayton to the floor, completely changing the landscape of the game.
All of a sudden, Charlotte is trailing by two with now three free throws coming and the ball back. The 49ers made their free throws down the stretch and just like that it was Richmond who was forced to foul. The refs then called a foul in the acting of shooting on a legitimate half court shot, which gave Charlotte three more free throws.
Richmond head coach Chris Mooney had seen enough at that point, he went off, picking up two technical fouls before being ejected.
Charlotte won the game by a final score of 68-63, despite trailing 63-60 with 4 and ½ seconds remaining.
It was bizarre and it ended Richmond’s season. Imagine being a senior on that team and that’s how things come to a close?
The referees were attempting to their job, but they virtually dictated the game. I mean, Charlotte made eight free throws in the final 4 and ½ seconds, while Richmond was called for three technical fouls?
What? It’s beyond crazy.
Charlotte on the other hand, moves forward to face Saint Louis in the A-10 quarterfinal round.