If you’re a big fan of referees impacting the outcome of games — and who isn’t, really? — then you would have been thrilled by Seton Hall’s 83-72 win over Niagara on Saturday night. The two schools combined to have a staggering 73 fouls called against them, falling 11 short of the all-time record set back in 1953.
102 free throws were attempted.
The foul-fest was a result of NCAA’s new rules regarding hand-checking and charges, which you can read about here. The rules should ostensibly allow for more scoring and a smoother overall style of play, but Saturday’s contest was anything but.
Seton Hall point guard Tom Maayan offered his assessment after the game:
It was crazy. That many fouls called, it slowed the pace of the game and slowed everything down. It was tough to get into a rhythm (NJ.com).
Seton Hall’s Sterling Gibbs also chimed in, saying the new rules are just “something that we’re going to have to get used to.”
While 73-foul games won’t be the norm this season, expect to hear plenty of criticisms and complaints as both teams and officials adjust to the new rules.