Nov 9, 2013; Newark, NJ, USA; Seton Hall Pirates guard Jaren Sina (30) brings the ball up court during the second half against Niagara Purple Eagles guard David Varoli (24) at Prudential Center. Seton Hall Pirates defeat the Niagara Purple Eagles 83-76. Mandatory Credit: Jim O

Seton Hall and Niagara combined for 73 fouls in one game

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 (

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.


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