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

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured 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.


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