Fresno State men’s basketball coach Rodney Terry was issued a public reprimand on Sunday for his comments criticizing the officials after the Bulldogs’ 55-51 overtime loss at Wyoming.
In that game, Fresno State was called for 24 fouls to only 10 against Wyoming and the Cowboys shot 33 free throws to just eight for the Bulldogs – 21 of those free throws came in the second half when they rallied from a double-digit deficit.
”There are 14 minutes to go and we get one foul the rest of the way,” Terry said, in a radio interview after the game. ”How does that happen? It blows my mind. I don’t usually come out and talk about the officiating, but the officiating was horrible. It’s easy to see. It’s on the stat sheet – it’s 24 fouls to 10. They shoot 33 free throws. We get murdered going to the basket. It’s ridiculous.”
In an interview with The Bee later, he again was highly critical of the officiating, but also pointed out the Bulldogs let the game get away.
“It had a major impact,” Terry said, of the officiating. “There were clearly fouls where we should have been at the foul line and we weren’t. You have to make those same calls. We go down at the other end and we’re clearly not fouling and we get called for a touch foul.
“I don’t want to make this all about the officiating. Was it part of the outcome of the game? Absolutely, 100 percent. No question about that. But were we part of that game in terms of not finishing the game out? Absolutely. But all that played a factor in the outcome of the game.”