Auburn’s Historic Run Spoiled By Controversial Call
AUBURN'S INCREDIBLE COMEBACK IN THE FINAL FOUR HALTED BY SOMETHING THE TEAM COULD NOT CONTROL
From the moment the Auburn Tigers arrived at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis the shine of their historic season was evident. Bruce Pearl was cracking jokes on the way to the locker room and the team was dancing to their pregame music.
Auburn football head coach Gus Malzahn flew all the way up to Minneapolis after a spring practice that took place earlier in the day at Auburn.
As for what unfolded on the court, the Tigers went on a 12-0 to regain the lead late in the second half. A controversial non-call and last second foul called on Samir Doughty resulted in a one point loss to Virginia.
“It’s tough because these kids are so close,” says Auburn assistant coach, Steven Pearl. “It really has been a family atmosphere all year long, just watching these kids get upset and cry is heartbreaking as a coach.”
While disappointment was evident in the locker room and the calls made will be debated for days and years to come, the team and staff chose to tip their cap to Virigina’s performance on the court.
“Auburn is a pretty special place, pretty special University,” Said Auburn head coach, Bruce Pearl. “We teach things there like win with dignity, but lose with class. Give Virginia credit, they won the game.”
Auburn ends a remarkable season with a 30-10 record, an SEC Tournament championship, and the program’s first trip to the Final Four.
Seniors Horace Spencer, Brown, Malik Dunbar and Cole Blackstock concluded their careers.