Cajuns played 6 men on final shot (yes, that’s cheating)


Louisiana-Lafayette’s Elfrid Payton played the hero in Thursday night’s 72-70 overtime win against Western Kentucky.

Well, Payton and the refs.

Payton’s driving layup in the final seconds came when the Ragin’ Cajuns had six players on the floor, though the referees didn’t notice. (Yes, that’s one player too many.) If they had, it would’ve been a technical foul and the Hilltoppers’ ball. It couldn’t be reviewed because the players had already left the court. There’s also no option to appeal.

And there was plenty of time to notice.

Payton received the in-bounds with more than 20 seconds left, shrugs off a wide-open teammate, nearly loses the ball then drives for the game-winning layup through the Western Kentucky defense. By then, the Hilltoppers were undoubtedly tired of chasing around so many players.

“It’s a hard pill to swallow,” Western Kentucky coach Ken McDonald told CBSSports.com afterward. “The refs made a mistake.”

As the broadcast team mentions, the refs huddled for a few seconds after the game, then got out of there.

Seems they finally realized what happened.

(Thanks to Timothy Burke)

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Louisville’s Rick Pitino on allegations: ‘We will get through this’

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Louisville coach Rick Pitino remains defiant that his program will survive the allegations in a book by an escort alleging that former Cardinals staffer Andre McGee hired her and other dancers to strip and have sex with recruits and players.

Pitino said Tuesday that the Cardinals “will get through this the right way.”

The coach told a packed room at a tipoff luncheon that he understands the motivation behind Katina Powell’s book “Breaking Cardinal Rules: Basketball and the Escort Queen,” but questions the need for the alleged activities given the talent his program has produced.

Pitino added, “We will find out the truth, whatever it may be, and those responsible will pay the price.”

Georgia Tech lands Class of 2016 guard

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Georgia Tech picked up its third Class of 2016 commitment on Tuesday as the Yellow Jackets landed a pledged from three-star guard Josh Okogie.

The 6-foot-4 guard is considered the No. 143 overall prospect in the national Class of 2016 rankings and Okogie played with a very talented Team CP3 in the Nike EYBL. In 22 games this spring and summer, Okogie averaged 10.6 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.6 steals per game while shooting 45 percent from the field.

Okogie joins three-star wing Christian Matthews and four-star big man Romello White in head coach Brian Gregory’s Class of 2016 at Georgia Tech. The group is definitely a solid influx of talent with some coming from successful grassroots programs.