Rushing the court is a time-honored tradition that college basketball fans have been taking part in for years and years. But on Saturday, one college basketball team lost a game because — or at least, largely because — their fans stormed the court.

St. Bonaventure’s Matt Mobley hit a three with 0.4 seconds left to give the Bonnies a 66-65 lead over the VCU Rams. Note, that’s a lead, not a win. There were still 0.4 seconds left.

However, the Bonnies’ fans in attendance at Reilly Arena thought the game was over, and stormed the court. The Bonnies were then issued a technical foul for “delay of game” due to the fans rushing the court.

Here’s video of the crazy scene:

As the Olean Times Herald’s J.P. Butler noted, the buzzer had gone off before the students stormed the court:

Regardless, the technical foul was still called, and VCU was able to force overtime with a made free throw thanks to the technical foul. And in overtime, VCU went on to win the game by the score of 83-77.

When St. Bonaventure head coach Mark Schmidt was asked after the game about the way his team lost, he called it a “travesty.” However, Schmidt didn’t blame the students for what happened:

An incredibly unfortunate, heartbreaking loss for St. Bonaventure, and especially with it coming to a team they’re chasing in the Atlantic 10 Conference. VCU remains tied for first place at 8-2 in the conference, while the loss puts St. Bonaventure at 6-4 and tied for fifth place.

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1 thought on “St. Bonaventure fans rush the court early, get called for technical, cost team the game

  1. Simple concept to these idiot college students (and this applies to any college, really):

    Stay. Off. The. Damn. Court.

    You’re welcome.

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