FAU and San Diego State were battling late in their Final Four matchup on Saturday, but despite the close contest, college basketball fans were a bit unsettled by the slew of stoppages during the second half of the Aztecs' comeback victory.
Down the stretch of the game, there was virtually nothing the officials would let slide. A multitude of foul calls were whistled late in the game, with the notion of letting the kids play seemingly going by the wayside.
Nearly every possession ended in a foul down late in the second half, though neither side was particularly efficient at the free throw line.
Needless to say, the college basketball world wasn't thrilled about the officials' involvement late in the game.
There was one (1) point scored in 2:44 despite a whistle on virtually every possession.— Brad Rowland (@BTRowland) April 2, 2023
My man Dusty May's FAU Owls are getting a rough whistle these last few minutes.— Gregg Doyel (@GreggDoyelStar) April 2, 2023
FAU getting an all time bad whistle….— Christian Harder (@realcharder30) April 2, 2023
This whistle, man.— Matt Norlander (@MattNorlander) April 2, 2023
These refs are kinda ruining the game…— Ron Harper Jr. (@__RHJR) April 2, 2023
What are these refs doing in these last few minutes. Woof.— Chris Vannini (@ChrisVannini) April 2, 2023
Boy the refs have been horrendous the last two minutes. FAU is getting screwed.— Kent Swanson (@kent_swanson) April 2, 2023
Someone please inform the refs we are not here to watch them.— Aaron Nagler (@AaronNagler) April 2, 2023
While the first half saw plenty of free-flowing action, the officials were vastly more involved in the second half, resulting in some strong reactions from across the college basketball world.