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ACC called Mark Turgeon to apologize for possession arrow mistake

Maryland men's basketball coach Mark Turgeon said on Monday's ACC coaches teleconference that he received an apology from the league about the mistake made by the referees and officials working at the scorer’s table during Saturday’s loss at Duke.

There was a mixup regarding the possession arrow that cost the Terps a possession in their 69-67 defeat to the No. 8 Blue Devils. Instead of it being Maryland ball after a tie-up with 6:39 to go, Duke inbounded under its own basket and center Amile Jefferson scored to tie the game at 56.

“It’s basketball, it happens, we’ve moved on,” Turgeon said Monday. “The ACC called and apologized. What are you going to do? We’ve got to move on and get ready for Wake.”

Maryland (14-12, 6-7 ACC) plays host to Wake Forest (14-11, 4-8) Tuesday night at Comcast Center.

Saturday, the Terps took the ball in to start the second half and after a jump ball situation developed with a little under 17 minutes left, the referees either failed to inform the scorer’s table of a change in the possession arrow or the person in charge of changing the arrow’s direction failed to do so.

An ACC official said in a statement Sunday night that the matter had been handled internally.

Turgeon acknowledged Monday that he had thought that the possession arrow had not moved but admitted that he wasn’t “100 percent sure.” Turgeon said he had already gone over to the scorer’s table another time and “if I had been 100 percent sure, I would have run there [again] After the game, that evening, I was well aware of the mistake.”

Instead of having possession with a little under seven minutes left and a two-point lead, the Terps were in a tie game. Maryland eventually took a 67-64 lead on a 3-point shot by junior guard Dez Wells with 2:45 to play, but Duke scored the last five points. The mistake likely cost the Terps a chance at their first signature win of the season.


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