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Statement from A-Sun Commissioner Ted Gumbart on Arizona Game

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

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Statement from A-Sun Commissioner Ted Gumbart on the conclusion of the Lipscomb at Arizona men's basketball game played Monday, December 21, 2009.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009; 5:30 p.m. ET

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Lipscomb played an outstanding overtime basketball game at Arizona on Monday night, with the outcome determined by a three-point shot at the buzzer. The officials ruled the shot good on the floor at the conclusion of the game, and then reviewed the video as called for with such game-deciding shots. After reviewing the video, the officials upheld the call made on the court, and Arizona was the winner of the game, 83-82. When a video review has the potential to affect the outcome of a game, both teams deserve to know that all officiating procedures were followed correctly, and that video replay was used to the full extent allowed by the rules.

In support of our student-athletes at Lipscomb, we contacted the Pac-10 office for a report on the game-concluding play and the ensuing video review. In speaking with Pac-10 Commissioner Larry Scott today, that thorough review is now complete. All appropriate rules were applied correctly, the video review procedures were conducted properly, and we thank the Pac-10 office for giving the play a full review.

We are extremely proud of Lipscomb's performance, competing on equal terms in a road game at Arizona, a perennial Pac-10 power. We appreciate the great support Lipscomb's team has received locally and nationally for its effort Monday night. The Bisons have a strong team, and will continue to grow and compete for championships and impact wins nationally.

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Statement from Lipscomb Athletic Director Philip Hutcheson

Wednesday, December 23, 2009; 7:00 p.m.CT

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We want to thank Atlantic Sun Commissioner Ted Gumbart and the rest of his office for their timely follow-up to the exciting ending of our 83-82 overtime loss at Arizona this past Monday night. The determination as to whether or not the final basket counted was extremely difficult to make, and as with any judgment call that decides a game, both schools want to make sure that all of the review procedures were followed appropriately. In support of our student-athletes and coaches, we were happy for our league office to follow up on our behalf, we are satisfied with the results of those discussions and we are now looking forward to getting into the heart of our conference schedule.

Both teams played a clean, hard-fought game all the way to the end of the overtime period on Monday night. Games like this one only serve to help prepare us for the pressures of conference contests, and we are hopeful that the experience will pay off as we begin Atlantic Sun Conference play in earnest. We are appreciative of the opportunity we had to play against a quality opponent like Arizona, and we wish them nothing but the best of luck the rest of the season. We also appreciate the support our players and coaches have gotten from fans and media, both locally and nationally, in response to our efforts and we will work hard to give everyone many more reasons to cheer in the weeks to come.

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