Basketball: Did Solomon’s screen elude refs view?

Richard Solomon knows he may have gotten away with a moving screen when he freed up Justin Cobbs for his game-winning shot that beat then-No. 1 and undefeated Arizona.

“Just a little jump in there,” Solomon said of the screen that allowed Cobbs to escape the defense of Nick Johnson. “Personally, I thought they were going to call a moving screen . . . I thought they were going to call something.”

A replay shows that Solomon moved to his right slightly and never was entirely set.

“I watched it a few times,” Solomon said. “I loved the screen. The screen got him a little bit open and his man switched off.”

From there, Cobbs dribbled toward 7-footer Kaleb Tarczewski, made a hard step-back move to his left and released his fall-away shot with 0.9 seconds left that gave Cal a 60-58 victory Saturday night — its first ever over a No. 1 team on its home floor.

Solomon acknowledged it was a play that might have drawn a whistle earlier in the game.

“Just because it was the end of the game,” he said, “you’d hate for that to be the final call.”

Said Cobbs, “Richard gets the assist for the night.”

With the score tied, Cobbs still needed to make the shot over the outstretched hands of a big man in good position.

“It was contested, but those are sometimes the easier shots to make when you you know you have to shoot it,” Cobbs said. “There’s no consequence if you make or miss. We weren’t going to lose. We were going into overtime.

“My confidence has been high for a while now. In those moments, I always want the ball in my hands. I was just blessed and fortunate the ball went in.”

Cobbs said he gave no thought to passing the ball on the final play.

Solomon endorsed that decision. “He has to shoot that ball.”

Jeff Faraudo

  • BlakeStreetBear

    What foul!? Great win by the Bears. A clutch, physical screen by Solomon and then a brilliant shot Cobbs – game over.

    Is this story really about how the Bears shoulda lost? smh…

    Beat the furd tomorrow with. as a good beartalk brother would say, extreme prejudice! Go Bears!

  • Mike Cohen

    The story is really about how extraordinarily arbitrary the calling of fouls really is. It is hard for me to think of a screen I’ve seen, either in college or the NBA, where the screener does NOT move, often a lot, more often than not, a lot more than Solomon did on that play; and only a minority of them get called – many times on substantially less movement than numerous other screens in the same game.

  • Gobears49

    If anyone had access to the stats, they would find that moving screens are called less than once a game.

    On a related point, i think offensive charging should be called a lot more than it is. This fact, along with my believe that moving screens should also be technically called a lot more, shows refs favor the offenses in basketball, probably because they realize that making every call they could make would ruin the game.

  • Mitch

    It was more of a moving screen than the mid-floor call on Kravish earlier, but a good no call. It forced Johnson and Tarczewski to switch, a very typical play.

  • 1brsfan

    I think it was a great non-call. There are many plays you can look back during that game that coulda/shoulda been called but were not and others that were called that left you scratching your head. Happens in every game.