A10 clarifies ruling at end of VCU/SBU game

A10 clarifies ruling at end of VCU/SBU game

On Sunday the Atlantic 10 clarified the ruling from the end of Saturday's controversial VCU/St. Bonaventure game.  The conference said that the administrative technical foul was not issued because fans stormed the court but rather for several other factors.

Most importantly, the A10 says a person took the ball after St. Bonaventure hit the go-ahead three pointer, making it more difficult for VCU to inbound and resume play.  The conference also said a referee collided with a fan prior to the clock expiring and play should have been stopped immediately as a result.  The conference said fans rushed the court only after the clock hit :00.

Here is the full statement from the Atlantic 10:

Although the game officials cited crowd interference as the rationale for assessing the administrative technical foul at the end of regulation in the VCU-St. Bonaventure men's basketball game, that interpretation was inaccurately associated with the SBU students and fans storming the court during regulation. 

The administrative technical foul was assessed for multiple reasons. The most significant was an individual taking the game ball from the inbounding baseline (assuming time had expired) and walking down the sideline, causing the VCU player to look for the ball, and chase the individual to secure the ball for inbound. Simultaneously, one of the game officials collided with a fan on the court, prior to the inbound toss. It was after these violations that the clock expired, and the students and fans stormed the court with :00 on the clock. 

As a result of this mis-representation of the administrative technical foul assessed to St. Bonaventure, which reflected poorly on the SBU student body, the officiating crew will be disciplined for not immediately stopping the game for disruption of play.  

There were an unfortunate series of events in this game, which impacted both institutions and the A-10 ... thus, the conference will continue to work with all involved including the game officials for stronger game management in the future.

In response to the Atlantic 10's clarification, St. Bonaventure issued it's own statement:

Following today's announcement by the Atlantic 10 Conference (the full A-10 statement is below) concerning the end of Saturday's men's basketball game between St. Bonaventure and VCU, St. Bonaventure Athletics Director Tim Kenney issued the following statement:

"We appreciate the thorough review of the circumstances of Saturday's men's basketball game undertaken by Commissioner McGlade and the Atlantic 10 Conference staff. We support their findings as outlined in the A-10's announcement today.

"After our own extensive review of the video of the final seconds of the game, it is clearly evident that our student body was not the reason for the administrative technical.  We appreciate the A-10's confirmation of that.

"As always, we will continue to review our protocols and identify ways to do things more effectively as we move forward.

"There is nothing that can be done to change the outcome of the game, and I am extremely disappointed for our student-athletes and coaches, whose efforts put them in a position to win. I am confident that our team will continue to compete at a high level the rest of the season and represent themselves and St. Bonaventure University in the first-class manner they always do."

St. Bonaventure Men's Basketball Coach Mark Schmidt issued the following statement:

"Comments that I made after last night's game may have been misconstrued by some people. Our students did not come onto the court until the buzzer sounded.  However, to ensure the future safety of everyone - the fans, the players and the officials - we need to put proper protocols in place which will prevent anyone from accessing the court while a game is in progress. We need to work together to ensure a high level of safety. We expect to win. We are as good as any team in the conference. It is unfortunate that some fans felt it necessary to come onto the court before the game concluded. We need to work together to address this properly."