Boeheim: Went 'too far' before Duke ejection
Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said Wednesday that he lost control and went "too far" prior to getting ejected in the waning seconds of the Orange's loss to Duke on Saturday.
Boeheim received two technical fouls and was ejected after he stormed onto the court when C.J. Fair was called for a charge while driving for an apparent game-tying layup with 10.4 seconds remaining.
"There's no question, I went too far," Boeheim told "The Herd" on ESPN Radio. "In my mind, the game was over. That was really the call that got to me.
"Would you rather not do that? Probably. But when you're in the middle of that moment and you're involved in a game like that and you feel that the game is gone because of this play, you lose control of your emotions."
Boeheim said even without the technicals, the Orange would've faced a four-point deficit with eight seconds left.
"I would say that's a mathematical impossibility that we'd win the game, down four," Boeheim said. "But you can make a case: Their ball, you steal it and you could tie the game. ... Absolutely. I'll have to live with that one."
Officiating has been a hot-button issue since the start of the season. The NCAA instituted a new rules package, which includes an adjustment to how the block/charge call is interpreted, that has been dissected and questioned.
Saturday night's call came right out of the amended interpretations, which reads: "A defensive player is not permitted to move into the path of an offensive player once he has started his upward motion with the ball to attempt a field goal or pass. If the defensive player is not in legal guarding position by this time, it is a blocking foul."
ACC commissioner John Swofford said Monday that officials made a "judgment call."
"We don't second-guess judgment calls that officials give. They have to make them all of the time," Swofford said after a football news conference in Charlotte. "That's probably the toughest call in basketball to make, even with the way it's changed. I think it's made a little easier with the rule change, but it's still a tough call."
Having had time to distance himself from Saturday's incident, Boeheim instead tried to make light of the incident.
"I've been doing Pilates," Boeheim said. "I think my instructor would be proud of me."
ESPN.com's Dana O'Neil and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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