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Published: Wednesday, Jan. 16 2013 11:15 p.m. MST

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idablu
Idaho Falls, ID

Un. Freaking. Believable.
Dellavadova. What a clutch player. I hate that guy.
Davies-- 0 rebounds. C"mon man!
BYU got killed on the boards, St Mary"s getting way too many 2nd chance shots.
Otherwise the Cougs played very well, especially Haws.

BYU NATION
Salt Lake, UT

The clock actually started a second late, that last shot shouldn't have counted.

motorbike
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Wow, did BYU just get Jimmered!
I've gotta give props to Haws, those were two very clutch shots he hit, that was big time.
Bottom line, if BYU can't return the favor on St. Mary's court, the Cougars will have taken a giant blow to their NCAA tourney hopes. I guess there's the remote chance of a win against the Zags but I don't see it happening.
Looks like #3 in the WCC and an NIT bid. That's still admittedly better than my Utes, especially after the last two disappointments. Too bad both programs have nothing to brag about in football or basketball this past year.

Sambonethegreat
Logan, UT

That stinks, Cougars. Saint Mary's got the best of us, too.

@BYU NATION

No lame excuses. They won fair and square.

StGtoSLC
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

BYU NATION, maybe it was one of the seconds that didn't get to run in the game last year with the game being called early for the safety of the players and officials.

Tough loss, Ute fans know how you feel. May end up being a tighter race for 2nd and a possible tourney berth than I thought.

Rockwell
Baltimore, MD

Great game. Props to Dellavadova and Saint Mary's. His length of the court drive and pop reminded me of Ainge's drive to beat Notre Dame.

Mountanman
Hayden, ID

It wasn't that shot at the buzzer that beat BYU, it was their lack of rebounding that got them beat.

Brave Sir Robin
San Diego, CA

When you're living right on and off the court, magic happens.

Uteology
East Salt Lake City, Utah

BYU NATION
Salt Lake, UT

The clock actually started a second late, that last shot shouldn't have counted.

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Was a SMC alum in charge of the game clock at the Marriott Center? If not, then why are you complaining?

RBN
Salt Lake City, UT

@BYU Nation

You're wrong, dude. I just looked at the clip. Ball went through the basket at 2.5 seconds. The clock started when Dellavedova received the pass.

The clock stops on the made basket, and starts again when the ball is first touched inbounds ... in this case when Dellavedova caught it. The timekeeper did his job.

A couple of huge shots. Great finish. Tough loss.

aunt lucy
Looneyville, UT

Why does the clock stop after the made basket? Doesn't it take a time out to stop the clock? Just confused between high schoo, college and NBA wondering?

RBN
Salt Lake City, UT

NCAA changed the rule several years ago. The clock stops after each made basket in the last minute of the second half and in overtime periods.

I think the NCAA wanted more exciting finishes ... which it got last night.

Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

That celebration was classless and the refs made us loose again, the clock started over second and a half slow so the last shot shouldn't have counted. they should have done replay overturn.

Flashback
Kearns, UT

Bet if you took a tape measure out on the floor and measured the distance, it would be about 40 feet. 26 feet would be 4 feet past the 3 point line. He was a good 20 feet past that.

TallNSkinny43
Germantown, MD

To those who think the clock was wrong. The time that didn't run after Delladova received the ball was no more than the extra time that ran after Haws's shot had clearly gone in. It's called human response. Someone has to start and stop the clock and their response time is never perfect, if that werent the case, those miracle shots with .1 seconds on the clock would be impossible. Watch the plays before, Dellavedova's shot had cleared the net .6 seconds before the clock stopped on the previous play and Haws's shot had cleared the net with 3.0 seconds left and the clock stopped at 2.5. St Mary's won, great shot by Dellavedova. The end.

aunt lucy
Looneyville, UT

RBN. Thanks for the info. Good to know.

DSB
Cedar Hills, UT

Those running the clock should have more precise "human response" than an average dope. Certainly a professional can see the path of an inbounds pass and start the clock nearly perfectly with a catch. The lapse was far greater than we should expect from a professional timekeeper. Maybe it evens out with the extra time taken after Haws' shot falls through.

That being said, running the clip at slow mo and using the pause button, I don't think more than .75 seconds lapsed between Dellavadova's catch and the start of the clock, and the ball was out of his hand at 1.4 seconds, so this shot gets off and counts within 2.5 seconds no matter when you start the clock. An unbelievable, 1-in-a-thousand shot that keeps everyone glued to their seats till the clock runs out in a close game. Although my team lost, that's an incredible event to watch.

I do think if the refs had applied the same standard to their late-game foul calling on the stars, both Davies and Dellevadova would have fouled out, or both been on the court, for those last 2.5 seconds.

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