Less than 24 hours after UTEP looked like the winners of a Thursday night matchup, many people still thought the Miners should have won.
Sat, 04 Mar 2017 01:03:49 +0000UTEP controversial finish sparks mixed emotionsLess than 24 hours after UTEP looked like the winners of a Thursday night matchup, many people still thought the Miners should have won.http://chic.clipsyndicate.com/video/playlist/12524/6814374?cpt=8&wpid=2637KTSMnight's game... is the talk of the town... and was even the talk... on some of the major sports networks. tonight... where conference u-s-a... and local experts stand on the controversial finish. newschannel 9's patrick hayes is live at the don... patrick... patrick: earlier today, i spoke to duke keith, a local radio host, who has covered utep sports for about 20 years and he tells me why he thinks referees got the call wrong. :52-1:00 1:14-1:20 duke: "when the clock strikes zero, clearly the ball is out of matt willms hands." patrick: less than 24 hours after last night's controversial finish. utep officials aren't say much because it's against conference usa's policy to comment on officiating. however, the conference is standing by the referees who said the clock started late and that's why this basket -- nats -- didn't count. according to a c-usa spokesperson.. they're unable to determine who was at fault. here's part of their statement: graphic: "regardless of how the error occurred, the officials correctly utilized the replay monitor and two additional timing devices. it was determined that had the clock started when it should have, the final tip would have occurred after time expired, thereby disallowing the basket." patrick: matt willms.the utep player who made the potential game winning tip spoke to the media after the game.. matt willms: "i know when i went up for the rebound and i can see the clock as well and when i tapped it going up.after watching the video it looked like the clock started late to be honest." patrick: willms said the refs got the call right... but not everyone agrees. duke: "that's not what should have happened because there are so many instances during the game where maybe they didn't start the clock properly. are you going to go back and look at every single one?" how many times during a 40 minute basketball game does the clock not start exactly on time. i think utep got ripped off." patrick: utep's next game is saturday here at don haskins. and they'll be taking saturday here at don haskins. and they'll be taking on the charolette 49ers at one o'clock. reporting live in west el paso, patrick hayes, newschannel 9. don: one local district... touting its victories ..