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It was obvious from the beginning that the crowd was backing the underdogs. The last thing they wanted to see was the possible upset get blown by the referees. That is what they got, though.
There were some questionable calls throughout the game, but the crowd was in an uproar after a missed goaltending call early in the second half.
Jeremy Atkinson's layup banked off the glass and was over the cylinder when Syracuse's James Southerland came from behind to smack it away. Atkinson got the foul, but they didn't count the bucket.
From then on, the crowd was waiting for the next call to boo. They had more opportunities in the final two minutes.
The Bulldogs' J.P. Primm was called for a lane violation after flying from the top of the key and snatching the rebound. He did leave his spot too early, but most were unaware of the rule—even the announcers.
The second actual blown call was the worst of them all—it came with just 34 seconds to play.
Syracuse's Brandon Triche couldn't handle the inbound pass and was clearly the last person to touch the ball. Jaron Lane was flying in to pick it off and the two collided, but Lane never touched the it. It was called out on Lane and the ball was handed back to Syracuse. They were down 63-66 and could have come within one point—or even a tie—with the possession that was taken away.
Syracuse knocked down all six of their free throws to put the game on ice. Syracuse won 72-65, and this game will not be forgotten.
The intensity and significance of how it played out is what earned this a higher spot on my list.