Florida Gulf Coast's Last-Second Miracle Shot Negated by NCAA Rule

Kyle NewportFeatured ColumnistDecember 18, 2013


Florida Gulf Coast captured the nation's attention by unveiling "Dunk City" during March Madness this past year, but an NCAA rule cost the Eagles a chance to force a third overtime against South Florida on Tuesday, Dec. 17.

The Eagles trailed the Bulls 68-66 with 0.3 seconds left in the second overtime. Guard Jamail Jones launched a full-court pass to forward Chase Fieler, who caught it and made the shot before the buzzer sounded.

It looked like the game was heading to a third overtime. Not so fast.

For those wondering the rule, with .3 or less on the clock, players can only tip the ball in.

— FGCU Men's Hoops (@FGCU_MBB) December 18, 2013

Pictures show that Fieler did, however, get the shot off in time: 

Here are 2 consecutive frames of #FGCU Chase Fieler's final shot. @TBOcom @JJohnstonTBO pic.twitter.com/Ei1AeNKDqT

— Chris Urso (@cursoTBO) December 18, 2013

That is irrelevant, as the rule states that a player can't catch and shoot.

It was the fourth loss in five games for Florida Gulf Coast, which dropped to 5-5 on the season.

Hat tip to Fox Sports' Andrew Astleford for the find, and thanks to @Liam_Jones15 for finding the video.