ACC official acknowledges mistake with possession arrow in Terps-Duke game

The senior associate director of basketball operations for the Atlantic Coast Conference acknowledged Sunday night that a mistake was made with the change of the possession arrow during the second half of Saturday’s Maryland-Duke game at Cameron Indoor Stadium that gave the Blue Devils the ball on a key possession when it should have belonged to the Terps.

“A miscommunication occurred between the officials and the table crew at last night’s Maryland at Duke game,” Karl Hicks said in a statement released by the league. “The administrative error happened in the second half at the 16:58 mark when a jump ball was not registered, which resulted in Duke receiving consecutive possessions. The matter has been and will be handled internally by the league office.”

The subsequent jump ball occurred with 6:39 remaining in the game. On the ensuing inbounds play, Duke center Amile Jefferson scored on a layup to tie the game at 56. The Blue Devils went on to beat the Terps, 69-67, scoring the game’s final five points and watching a last-second  jump hook by Maryland’s Charles Mitchell hit the back rim and roll off the front rim with the Terps trailing by a point.

League spokeswoman Amy Yakola said Sunday night that the outcome of the game could not be changed as a result of the error.

Maryland coach Mark Turgeon did not mention the incident in his postgame news conference and could not be reached for comment Sunday night.



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