ACC acknowledges held ball error in Terps-Duke game

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In a statement provided Sunday night, ACC senior associate commissioner of men’s basketball operations Karl Hicks acknowledged that an “administrative error” was made concerning a series of held balls in the Maryland-Duke game on Saturday at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

“A miscommunication occurred between the officials and the table crew during last night’s Maryland and Duke game,” Hicks said. “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.”

At that point, the possession arrow never switched, so when another held ball occurred with 6:39 left in the game, the Blue Devils were also given possession. That turned into a running hook by Amile Jefferson, which tied the game at 56.

Maryland was made aware of the error on its plane ride home to College Park, but an ACC spokesperson said the Terps didn’t request any sort of review of the situation. According to Hicks, “the matter has been and will be handled internally by the league office,” but a spokesman declined to provide further clarification concerning what constituted “handled internally.”

At this point, with the league admitting an error, consider the matter closed.

Alex Prewitt covers the Washington Capitals. Follow him on Twitter @alex_prewitt or email him at alex.prewitt@washpost.com.

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