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Boise State, head coach Leon Rice agree to contract extension

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One day after it was reported that Boise State head coach Leon Rice interviewed for the head coaching vacancy at Washington State, which is his alma mater, the Mountain West school did what it took to make sure the coach would remain in Boise.

Boise State announced Saturday afternoon that the school and Rice have come to agreement on a raise of $100,000 to his base salary for the 2014-15 season. And in the four years that follow, Rice will receive a 3% raise in each campaign. With guards Anthony Drmic and Derrick Marks both expected back for their senior seasons, keeping Rice ensures that the nucleus will remain intact for next season.

“I am really excited for the future of Bronco basketball,” Rice said in the release. “There has been a great commitment to grow this program. There’s a commitment from our administration, our student-athletes and our fans. That’s what has me looking forward to continuing to build what we have here at Boise State.”

In four seasons at Boise State, Rice has a record of 77-54 and has won at least 20 games in each of the last two seasons. He’s the second Mountain West coach to receive a new contract after interviewing for a job, with UNLV’s Dave Rice in line to receive an extension through 2019 after speaking with USF about its vacancy.

Boise State will need to account for the graduation of three members of its rotation, with guards Thomas Bropleh and Jeff Elorriaga and forward Ryan Watkins all out of eligibility. Watkins, who averaged 11.9 points and 10.6 rebounds per game and was a second team All-Mountain West selection, is the most notable personnel loss of the three.

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: