MWC releases statement on controversial Boise State call

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Friday February 12th, 2016

The Mountain West Conference released a statement Thursday attempting to clarify a controversial call during Wednesday night’s Boise State-Colorado State game.

In the final seconds of the first overtime period, Boise State’s James Webb appeared to hit a game-winning three-pointer but the basket was waved off after a replay review. The clock above the backboard showed 0.4 seconds when Webb released the ball but the video replay system showed that time had expired. 

The game officials determined the game clock did not start when the ball was first touched by the Boise State player. The officials then utilized the digital stopwatch embedded within the video overlay in the instant replay system to determine how many tenths of a second expired between the time the Boise State player touched the ball and the moment he released the shot. After reviewing the video and stopwatch combination several times, it was determined the shot was not released within an 0.8 second(s) time frame and thus did not count.

The game went to double overtime and Colorado State won 97–93. 

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The conference also released the video the officials used to make the call, with the “digital stopwatch” visible. An analysis of that video conducted by Deadspin’s Tim Burke, however, shows that the officials appear to have relied on faulty technology to make the call. The embedded clock moves at twice the speed of the backboard clock because the embedded clock is calibrated to a 30-frame-per-second broadcast, though the game was being shot in 60 frames per second. 

The Broncos fell to 16–9 with the loss, while the Rams improved to 14–10.

- Dan Gartland

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