Most NCAA conference tournaments have barely gotten underway, but the odds are there won’t be a more bizarre ending than the finish of the contest between Richmond and Charlotte.
The two teams faced off on Thursday afternoon in the first round of the Atlantic 10 Championship. Richmond seemed poised to move on as they led Charlotte by three points with just 4.7 seconds remaining. The Spiders fouled 49ers guard Pierria Henry so he wouldn’t have a chance to tie the game with a three-pointer.
That’s when things started to unravel for Richmond.
Henry made the front end of the one-and-one free throw. As Richmond’s Derrick Williams was fighting for the potential rebound, he pushed a Charlotte player to the ground, and was called for a technical foul. The call allowed Henry to shoot two free throws, in addition to the back end of the one-and-one, as well as giving the 49ers possession.
All four of Henry’s free throw attempts were good, giving Charlotte a 64-63 lead. On the ensuing inbounds pass, Henry was fouled again. Richmond head coach Chris Mooney proceeded to lose his temper, and was hit with two technical fouls, while being ejected from the game.
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After three technical fouls in the last five seconds, Richmond blew a three-point lead and lost by five. The 68-63 win for Charlotte essentially ends any chance of the Spiders making the NCAA Tournament. They won’t make the field of 68 with an at-large bid.
If it weren’t for Mooney’s final outburst, Richmond would have had a chance to tie the game with a three-pointer on their final possession. The head coach, though, could not control his temper, feeling the referees had robbed his team. He was seen pacing outside the locker room, saying "How can they decide the game?"
Below viewers can watch a video of the three technical fouls that led to Richmond’s defeat.