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United States World University Games team falls to Canada, won’t medal

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Following their nine-point loss to Australia on Thursday, the United States World University Games team needed to beat Canada by ten points or more to guarantee themselves a spot in the medal round.

Baylor senior guard Brady Heslip had other ideas as he scored 20 points off the bench to lead Canada (5-0) to a 94-85 victory, nullifying a 27-point outing by Louisville senior Luke Hancock. Now out of medal contention, the U.S. (3-2) will compete for ninth place in the consolation bracket.

Bob McKillop’s squad hit 15 three-pointers (on 32 attempts) on the day while Canada made eight (15 attempts), but it was the work inside of the arc that ultimately made the difference. Canada, which also received 13 points from Arizona State senior Jordan Bachynski and ten from Stanford senior Dwight Powell, made 49.1% of its two-point attempts while the U.S. shot 35% inside of the arc.

“We probably could have done a few things better defensively, and we could have finished around the basket maybe a little bit better, but you have to give [Canada] credit. They are a good team,” said BYU junior Tyler Haws following the defeat.

Also reaching double figures for the U.S. were Creighton senior Doug McDermott (17 points, nine rebounds) and Baylor senior Cory Jefferson (17 points, seven rebounds), with Colorado junior guard Spencer Dinwiddie dishing out a game-high eight assists.

Canada will be joined by Australia (4-1) as Group C representatives in the medal round, with the Australians beating the United Arab Emirates 131-43 Friday morning.

Raphielle can be followed on Twitter at @raphiellej.

POSTERIZED: Pensacola State’s Jamal Thomas dunks through block attempt, makes coach go nuts

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A solid poster dunk went down in the junior college ranks last night as Pensacola State sophomore Jamal Thomas finished a dunk through a block attempt against Northwest Florida State.

The 6-foot-3 Thomas used his power and momentum to go through the opposing shot blocker and the play made his head coach, Pete Pena, go nuts with an over-exaggerated fist pump. The video is short, but be sure to watch for Pena’s reaction near the logo at the top right of the screen.

VIDEO: Boise State robbed of insane, buzzer-beating win on incorrect timing by officials

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It looked like James Webb III of Boise State had hit the season’s craziest buzzer-beater.

With 0.8 seconds left, he caught an in-bounds pass on the run on the right wing, hoisted up a prayer of a three and watched as it banked it as the buzzer sounded.

It’s pretty fantastic:

And it also clearly left his hands before time expired, but there was a reason for that. According to the officials, the clock (for the road team, mind you) did not start when the ball was caught.

They were right.

Where they were wrong was determining that it took more than a second for Webb to catch and release the shot, meaning that they were wrong to waive off the bucket.

This awesome slo-mo clip of the shot from Matt Stephens of the Coloradoan is all the evidence I need, but if you need more, Sportscenter anchor Scott Van Pelt clocked it at 0.7 seconds:

The game would go to overtime, where Colorado State would go on to win, 97-93.

As you can imagine, Boise State players and coaches were livid with the call.

“I hope it’s not a situation where you get an apology later but don’t get the win. I don’t understand it,” head coach Leon Rice said in a radio interview after the game. “I hope they got it right somehow, some way. I don’t know. It didn’t look right to me, but I’m not the official.”

This comes just four days after officials blew a call in a game between New Mexico and San Diego State that allowed the Aztecs to force overtime and eventually beat the Lobos. (That call may have determined the outcome of the Mountain West regular season title, to boot.)

New Mexico was essentially told, “my bad”, but the league as a result.

And Boise State will probably get the same treatment despite the fact that, if the league determines that the referees botched this call as well, the tame technically was over then.

Will they have the guts to award the Broncos a road win that they earned and deserve?

I doubt it.

UPDATE: Here’s a statement from the officiating crew: