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Bad Beats

   by Ben Burns - 01/13/2009

It’s hard to consider anything that happens in a competitive game a bad beat — unless, a bonehead play occurs.

Bettors, meet Loyola-Maryland’s Isaac Reid. Fairfield, a 1-point favorite, visited Reid and the Greyhounds on Friday. In a back-and-forth MAAC affair, Loyola went up four with eight minutes to play. But the ‘Hounds went ice cold and managed just one field goal the rest of the game, that coming on a goaltending call.

Fairfield rallied to take a 63-60 lead with eight seconds left on a pair of free throws. Loyola-Maryland called timeout with 3.8 seconds left to set up a play for a tying 3-pointer. According to the Baltimore Sun, Reid took the inbounds pass around the 3-point line. Flustered by a double-team, the sophomore guard chose to pass to Brian Rudolph under the basket instead of getting off a potential tying 3-pointer.

Sounds like someone wasn’t listening in the huddle. Reid’s bad decision ended the hopes of anyone who had Loyola and the point. But this one gets worse for Greyhound backers.

After receiving the pass from Reid, Rudolph missed the lay-up, which would have salvaged a push as time expired.

Arizona 64, Oregon State 47 (Saturday)

Getting 15.5 points, Beavers backers watched nervously as their team trailed by double-digits for the majority of the game, yet never fell out of covering range.

While Arizona stayed in control, the Wildcats never led by more than 15 and saw their lead cut to eight with 2:14 to play. Then, OSU coach Craig Robinson lost his cool. The first-year coach, who is the brother-in-law of president-elect Barack Obama, was whistled for two technical fouls and ejected after arguing a non-call on a loose rebound.

The Beavers would not score again. Arizona scored the game’s final nine points. Jordan Hill’s jumper with 1:06 put the ‘Cats up 17. Oregon State had one last possession to earn a backdoor cover. The Beavers got a great look, but Calvin Haynes missed a dunk with 35 seconds to play. Arizona got the rebound and dribbled out the clock.

Ole Miss-Florida Over 147 (Saturday)

The Rebels and Gators combined for 92 points in the first half, but managed just 54 in the second half. Ole Miss’ David Huertas, a 79-percent free throw shooter, missed the front end of a one-and-one with 25 seconds to play.

Toronto-Washington Under 190.5

With the Wizards down eight with two seconds to play, Washington’s Mike James hit a meaningless layup to push the total over.

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