Boeheim, Turgeon trade verbal jabs about officiating

Boeheim, Turgeon trade verbal jabs about officiating
February 24, 2014, 10:15 pm
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Turgeon and Boeheim disagree on whether Faust was fouled

COLLEGE PARK--In the immediate wake of Maryland’s 57-55 loss to Syracuse on Monday night at Comcast Center, a disappointed Mark Turgeon vehemently made his case to the media.

He took issue with the lack of a foul call against Syracuse when his junior guard, Nick Faust, drove to the basket with eight seconds remaining. On that play, Faust rose up before being met at the rim and blocked by Syracuse center Baye Moussa Keita.

“I thought Nick got fouled and I think the replay showed that, but it’s been that kind of year for us,” Turgeon said. “They didn’t call it and they win the game.”

Turgeon would touch on other subjects during his postgame press conference, but returned to the issue of the perceived foul again toward the end of his comments.

“We get a stop, we’re running down hill, we get all the way to the basket,” he said. “Probably got fouled twice on it and they didn’t call it, but that’s kind of the way the year has gone for us.”

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It would have been neat, clean, and tidy if it had ended there. But when the possibility of a foul was served up to Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim during his press conference, which immediately followed Turgeon’s, the longtime fixture held nothing back.

Consider, of course, that Boeheim is fresh off the hot press conference that followed a controversial game-ending call that gave his team a loss against Duke on Saturday night. He was ejected in the final seconds of that contest.

“Well, first of all, let me just tell you this,” Boeheim said, teeing up his comment. “They shot 27 free throws. If anybody is going to complain about the officiating, I’m going to complain. And I think I did enough of that Saturday.”

“It was five times that we saw them going to the basket that there was no foul and there was a foul called. Five times,” he continued. “You want to talk about one play, I’ll talk about five times.”

Then he paused slightly and teed up one more jab for the road.

“They didn’t turn it over 18 times, they wouldn’t have had to worry about that.”