Jon Scheyer, Brad Brownell respond to claims of controversial officiating in Clemson-Duke game
Jon Scheyer and Brad Brownell both took an opportunity to comment on the officiating after Duke’s narrow win over Clemson.
In that game, the Blue Devils overcame a 4-point deficit late and eventually won the game at the free-throw line. Tyrese Proctor was fouled and drained 2 free throws with 7 seconds remaining for the win, much to the displeasure of Brownell and the Tigers.
After the defeat, the head coach said it was a competitive game but noted it’s hard to win in Durham:
“Obviously a very competitive basketball game. Unbelievably disappointed in the ending. Had a couple chances to put it away ourselves and we didn’t… It’s hard to win here,” said Brownell. “I think a lot of people in the room, on the court get caught up in the emotion of the game, and I think that happened tonight.”
As a follow-up, Brownell was asked about the perception of Duke living at the free-throw line down the stretch. The Blue Devils converted just 2 field goals in the final 6 minutes of the game but still managed to complete the comeback in the final minutes.
“Like I said, it’s hard to win here for a lot of reasons. It really is, and tonight was an example of that,” Brownell explained. “That’s all I’m going to say. That’s really disappointing.”
As the winning coach, Scheyer did not have those kinds of issues with the officiating in his postgame presser. He believes there was also a lot of Clemson players “pushing us in the back” throughout the game and ultimately felt Proctor should be celebrated for his big play at the end.
“For me, look I can go through the whole game and talk about the different plays of them pushing us in the back or blocking out. I can go down the whole game,” said Scheyer. “All I know is Tyrese Proctor made a heck of a play at the end to drive it to the basket and he gets fouled shooting 2 free throws. He should be celebrated for that.”
Scheyer also said he’s not willing to go through every call in every game that should or should not be called and admitted there’s “a lot of contact both ways” throughout the ACC.
“I’m not going to go through every game that we play, the officials after the game and what they called or didn’t call. All I know is I’m proud of my team man for finding a way to win and playing through contact,” Scheyer praised. “I think there’s a lot of contact both ways… and that’s part of playing in the ACC.”
Brownell is far from the only coach to express frustration with a perceived bias toward the Blue Devils when it comes to the officials inside Cameron Indoor Stadium. Ultimately, the Tigers will be left to dwell on one that got away after holding a late lead on the road.