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Friday, January 1, 2010
New Year's Eve party fouls

By Diamond Leung

Oregon beat Washington State 91-89 in double overtime, with the Ducks being aided by a technical foul called on the Cougars with .3 seconds left in the first overtime for celebrating what might have been a game-winning shot.

DeAngelo Casto had scored to give Washington State a two-point lead, but members of the bench came on the court to celebrate, and a technical foul was called with .3 seconds left. Tajuan Porter hit the two free throws for Oregon to tie it, and the Ducks would go on to win.

"We (called) a technical foul for bench personnel running onto the court during a live ball, without being beckoned onto the court,” lead official Mike Littlewood explained to Vince Grippi of The Spokesman-Review.

Later in the evening in the Pacific Northwest, Oklahoma forward Tiny Gallon committed his own party foul during Gonzaga's 83-69 win.

Going up for an unsuccessful attempt at an alley-oop, the 296-pound Gallon grabbed the rim instead and shattered the backboard at Spokane Arena.

The game was delayed for nearly an hour as a new backboard was brought in and the glass from the old one was cleared away by brooms and some vacuuming.

Because it wouldn't be a New Year's Eve bash without a mess being made.