Ryan Appleby's intentional foul of Stanford's Anthony Goods with the score tied 27 seconds from the end Thursday night at Stanford was the result of a misunderstanding, Appleby and coach Lorenzo Romar explained today.
The Huskies were trailing 75-74, when Quincy Pondexter was fouled. Pondexter missed his first foul shot, and Romar had shouted instructions for the Huskies to foul immediately if Pondexter missed the second foul shot. However, Pondexter made it, tying the game. At that point, Romar would have wanted his team to simply defend as Stanford presumably would have played for the final shot. However, Appleby fouled, Goods made both foul shots, and Stanford never gave up the lead.
Romar's take: "It was a misunderstanding on that. When Quincy missed thef irst foul shot, if he was going to miss the next one then we were going to foul right away. And Ryan asked, 'Foul?' In my mind, I'm thinking, 'If he misses, yes.' I didn't specify only if he misses. … Just a misunderstanding."
Appleby's take: "What happened was I heard 'Foul,' and I went up there to foul. That's what happened."