NEW YORK, N.Y. -- After being in the driver’s seat for nearly the entirety of Tuesday night’s game against Connecticut, a Daniel Hamilton three cut Maryland’s lead to just three points with 2:54 to play and ignited the Husky-friendly crowd at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
On the ensuing inbound, Connecticut freshman guard Jalen Adams was called for a foul against Maryland's Melo Trimble. Huskies head coach Kevin Ollie was displeased. He turned to the scorers table and slammed his hands down, swiping papers that were resting atop it off the table and onto the playing floor.
He was called for a technical foul, draining the energy out of the arena and allowing Trimble to shoot four free throws -- three of which he made -- to double the Maryland lead. The game was never the same in a 76-66 Terrapins victory.
“The technical definitely helped. There’s no doubt about it,” Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon said after the victory. “It gave us an extra point, but it kind of helped us stem the tide a little bit.”
That seems to be the point of contention.
Though tangibly the two additional technical free throws only netted Maryland one point, how much did the deflation of the crowd change the trajectory of the game?
Ollie, asked postgame about the incident, saw it differently.
“I don’t think it changed [the momentum],” he said. “I just thought it wasn’t a foul that needed to be called at that time, but the ref and Jalen did foul him it looked like, going back on it.”
So Ollie’s assertion comes in three parts:
Adams did foul Trimble
Ollie did not believe the foul should have been called in that situation, though he acknowledges a foul did occur
It did not change the momentum of the game