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Bizarre officiating allows Khalif Wyatt, Temple to escape with road win over Dayton


Up to the final seven seconds of Temple’s 72-71 win over Dayton Saturday afternoon, all was well. Those last seven seconds, though, were something else entirely.

Khalif Wyatt hit a three-pointer with 0:07 to play, officially erasing a 10-point second-half deficit and putting Temple ahead by one, 72-71. That set Dayton up with one final chance to escape with a win. Here’s where it gets weird.

Dayton guard Kevin Dillard dribbled into a trap near half court and lost the ball out of bounds with 0:03 to play. Dayton coach Archie Miller was livid at the lack of a foul. Perhaps “Strike 1” for the referees. But it gets worse.

Temple in-bounded the ball to senior Scootie Randall, who appeared to elude a Dayton defender and allowing him to bleed out the clock. The referees, though, called a foul and forced Randall to the line. Strike 2. He proceeded to miss both free throws, keeping the game at 72-71. Dayton grabbed the rebound and called a timeout, giving the Flyers 1.3 seconds to try and full-court pass.

On the in-bound, Temple’s Anthony Lee was called for a defensive foul while trying to fight through a screen, what appeared to be another bad call working against the Owls in the span of just two seconds. Strike 3. That sent Dayton’s Josh Benson to the line with the chance to tie or take the lead.

But Benson missed both.

Temple’s Jake O’Brien grabbed the rebound and was fouled with 0:01 to play. It’s over, right? No. O’Brien missed the first and tried to intentionally miss the second, but failed to hit the rim. This gave Dayton one final chance at another full-court in-bounds, but the ball was tipped and the clock ran out. Game over.

Has there been a worse seven-second stretch of officiating in college basketball this season? If there is, please present it as Exhibit A. Temple had two key fouls work in Dayton’s favor and, had even one of Benson’s free throws fallen and forced overtime, we could be talking about an even bigger officiating controversy.

For now, though, Temple escapes.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at JohnnyJungle.com, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

Stanford loses key veteran guard to stress fracture

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Stanford guard Marcus Allen will be out indefinitely after suffering a stress fracture in his right foot, the school announced on Monday evening.

“We want to make sure Marcus is fully healthy before returning to the court,” Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins said in a statement. “Marcus played at a high level during our summer exhibition competition in Italy, where he was one of our leading scorers. We will certainly miss him as we continue to prepare for the season, but we are fortunate that this happened now and he will be back before he knows it.”

The loss of Allen is a potentially brutal blow in an already-thin back court. The 6-foot-3 Allen started 23 games as a sophomore last season, averaging 6.4 points and 3.5 boards. But he averaged 11.4 points and 5.4 boards as the Cardinal made a run to the NIT championship and looked poised to be able to replace the departed Chasson Randle’s production this year.

What’s worse is that without Allen, Stanford does not return a single player in their back court that averaged more than 11.5 minutes. Sophomore Robert Cartwright looks poised to step into the starting point guard role, but neither Dorian Pickens nor Christian Sanders looked like they were ready for that kind of role in the Pac-12 last season. Dawkins does return Malcolm Allen, Marcus’ twin brother, who sat out last season with a broken wrist.

The good news is that Stanford’s front court is strong enough to carry the Cardinal until Marcus is healthy. Rosco Allen, Reid Travis and Michael Humphrey will be able to hold their own against any front line in the Pac-12, while Grant Verhoeven and freshman Josh Sharma will provide adequate depth.

Utah lands top-75 center Jayce Johnson

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Utah picked up its center of the future on Monday as four-star center Jayce Johnson pledged to the Runnin’ Utes, a source confirmed to NBCSports.com. The 7-foot Johnson recently cut his list to Cal, Colorado and Utah with the possibility of reclassifying to the Class of 2015.

Regarded as the No. 67 overall prospect in the Class of 2016, Johnson will look to attend Utah in December as a walk-on who will redshirt. While Johnson likely won’t play this season, he does give head coach Larry Krystkowiak another big man to use in practice to go against sophomore center Jakob Poeltl. A solid long-term prospect, Johnson has a good frame to add weight and he’s also skilled finishing with both hands. Utah now has its replacement for Poeltl if he opts to leave for the NBA after the season and he gets an extra semester to work with the program.

Johnson is coming off of his official visit to Utah this weekend as he joins junior college guard Jojo Zamora in the Class of 2016.