Regarding those refs, cont.

Just thought I’d post some quotes from Kentucky Wesleyan coach Happy Osborne regarding the officiating in Saturday’s USI-KWC men’s basketball game. Recall that Osborne was whistled for back-to-back technical fouls with 1:53 left in the game and USI leading by seven points. These quotes come courtesy of Owensboro Messenger Inquirer reporter Cole Claybourn, who talked to Osborne after the game (I was tied up with my USI angle, of course, and Osborne was long gone by the time I got through with Rodney Watson, Aaron Nelson, Manny Ogunfolu and Ben Jones):

“I felt like all night long they (USI) touched us and we weren’t getting calls. I thought Lonnie (Hayes) was driving to the hole and they’re (the officials) calling fouls 38 feet from the goal. Call fouls going to the rim.”

On the two technicals: “Did I mean for that to happen? No. But I said the same words to them that I’d said all night long. But there it is. I didn’t think it was deserving of a technical. They called one. I got my money’s worth. I’ve got no regrets.”

“Did I wish I’d gotten the technical? No. I wish I’d gotten the call.”

Now for some reaction to the three technical fouls from USI players (the other technical was whistled on a KWC assistant coach after Osborne was T’d up twice and ejected from the game):

Ben Jones: “I have never seen anything like that in my life. I have never seen a player have a chance to hit eight straight free throws (which was the situation Orlando Rutledge found himself in).”

Manny Ogunfolu: “It was weird.”

 

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