Mountain West Releases Statement on Boise State vs. Colorado State Controversy

Mike NorrisFeatured ColumnistFebruary 12, 2016

LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 14:  The Mountain West Conference logo covers courtside seats before the championship game of the Mountain West Conference basketball tournament between the Wyoming Cowboys and the San Diego State Aztecs at the Thomas & Mack Center on March 14, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)
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The Mountain West Conference released a statement Friday admitting an error was made at the end of the first overtime period during a matchup between the Boise State Broncos and Colorado State Rams on Wednesday.

Colorado State won the game, 97-93, in double overtime, but it appeared as though the Broncos would leave victorious after James Webb III banked in what would have been a game-winning three-pointer at the buzzer, ending the game after just one overtime.

Here's a super-slow-motion replay of Webb's disallowed shot, per Matt L. Stephens of the Coloradoan:

Officials looked at a replay and ruled he did not get the shot off in time. The conference originally released a statement in support of the officials but then had this to say after new light was shed on the incident, per the league's official website:

After further extensive analysis in conjunction with DVSport over the past 24 hours, the Mountain West has determined there was in fact a confirmed discrepancy between the rate at which the embedded digital stopwatch advanced and the rate at which the game clock regressed during the instant replay review.  The game officials correctly administered the play and, based upon the available video evidence and timing data at their disposal, made the correct decision to disallow the basket.  However, they were unknowingly viewing video not delivered at full speed from the production truck.

In short, there was a major error in the replay system, as the league conceded Webb likely released the shot before the final 0.8 seconds expired, which in the land of last-second shots is an eternity.

ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Bilas had a humorous take on the situation:

Jeff Eisenberg of Yahoo Sports wrote that the Broncos should be awarded the victory, but Boise State will not be able to protest the game. "NCAA Men’s Basketball Playing Rule 5, Section 5 does not allow a protest to be filed or the result of the game to be overturned," the conference noted.

At 16-9, and 89th in the RPI, Boise State needs any win it can get if it wants an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament, and Wednesday's loss won't help.