Iona’s coaches, players, fans and supporters are all celebrating a victory in the MAAC title game and a return to the NCAA Tournament this year after defeating Manhattan Monday, 60-57. Another group of Iona supporters are not.
When Iona got a dunk to go up by eight with just six seconds remaining, the celebration began. Well, except it shouldn’t have just yet. Manhattan’s Shane Richards got a three-point shot off before the buzzer, making it a 5-point game as the shot went through with :01 remaining. Iona’s players ran onto the court knowing that shot did not matter, but an official called a technical because there was still :00.1 remaining when the players rushed the floor. Two free throws later, the final margin was three points.
The gambling line for the game, of course, was Iona by four points.
Wager Minds has the ticket from one guy who had a six team parlay, with five winners, and needing only the Iona game for a nice win. But his $40 play to win $1,600 went down the drain when a referee decided that the college team celebrating with 0.1 left was too soon. Bad Beat Hall of Fame right there.
[photo via Wager Minds]