Chalk one up to the Rowdy Rams. VCU's always-excellent student section used an old trick to fool both the UMass players and the game's officiating crew.
If you've watched any college basketball at all, surely you've seen student sections try to throw off opposing teams by chanting a fake shot-clock countdown, always a few seconds off in hopes some player will get confused and heave up an unnecessary shot with plenty of time left on the real shot clock.
Well, on Saturday it worked. And not only did it throw off freshman guard Donte Clark, but also the game's refs, who incorrectly called a shot-clock violation and then had to go to the monitor to figure it all out.