Penn State’s Chambers Blasts B1G Officials

Blown call in Nittany Lions’ loss to No. 19 Maryland caused the coach to go off in his postgame press conference.


It is only a matter of time until Penn State coach Pat Chambers hears from the Big Ten office.

After Saturday's 76-73 loss to No. 19 Maryland at the Jordan Center, he blasted the officiating crew -- especially Kelly Pfeifer -- primarily over an offensive foul call on Nittany Lion center Jordan Dickerson. And that means Chambers is looking at a hefty fine.

Whatever it is, he got his money's worth.

The call in question happened with Penn State in possession of the ball and trailing 70-68 with 1:50 left in the game. Pfeifer called Dickerson for an offensive foul as he tried to set a screen on Terp big man Evan Smotrycz.

But replays clearly showed Smotrycz hooking Dickerson's right arm and dragging him to the ground -- right in front of Pfeifer. Gene Thorpe, who was dribbling the ball for PSU, never went toward the screen.

Dickerson, who had two blocks in the game and altered several others, fouled out on the play. Maryland gained possession and got a Melo Trimble drive to the basket to go up 72-68.

After the game, a reporter did not even get a full question out before Chambers went off.

“The call that got…,” was all the scribe said.

“That was the worst call I've ever seen in my entire life,” Chambers interrupted. “They're pulling Jordan Dickerson down.

“First of all, time and score. He's too young. He doesn't have a feel for the game. He shouldn't call that foul. That's one.

“Two is, (Thorpe) back cut it, he went down the middle. He didn't even use the screen. And (Dickerson) got pulled down, and they call a foul on him?”

Then Chambers ripped the officials for Trimble attempting 12 free throws (he made them all) and D.J. Newbill, the Big Ten's leading scorer, only going to the line five times.

“It makes no sense,” Chambers said. “And if I didn't complain, Newbill would have never got to the foul line. Because Trimble gets there 12 times, and he's a freshman, and he's on the road.

“It's a joke. It's a joke the way we're officiated. It's disappointing.”

Chambers also took exception to what he thought was a flagrant foul against PSU forward Brandon Taylor a few seconds before Dickerson's foul. The officials reviewed the play involving Taylor at the next dead ball and determined no foul had been committed.

“And there was an elbow that they didn't want to call, that they should have called, that normally gets called against us,” Chambers said. “Frustrating, disappointing. But we had to take the refs out of the game, and we didn't.”

He was asked if he thought the Dickerson call was a momentum-swinger.

“A minute fifty to go, no question,” he replied. “And what he was doing for us on the defensive end. Blocking shots, protecting the rim.

“It was a huge call. A huge play. Huge.”

Penn State still ended up with a chance to tie on its final possession, but Newbill's long 3-point attempt went off the back rim. It has been a difficult Big Ten season for the Lions, who went 12-1 in non-conference play but are now 3-10 in the league.

You can see Chambers' go off on the officials in the video above.

And you can see the call on Dickerson in the video below.



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