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Arkansas coach upset by officiating

TUSCALOOSA — Arkansas head coach Stan Heath walked out of his postgame news conference Wednesday night after he appeared to grow increasingly frustrated trying to explain his dissatisfaction with officiating in his team’s 78-75 overtime loss to Alabama.

“It’s hard to win on the road when it’s 33-9 in free throws,” Heath said toward the start of his postgame session. “It’s hard to win when you feel like you defend a play really well and a guy gets three free throws.”

The fourth-year head coach was referring to the decisive play of regulation, when Alabama’s Ron Steele drew a foul on Arkansas’ Dontell Jefferson while shooting an awkward 3-pointer. He made all three foul shots, sending the game into overtime.

Asked if there was a tactful way to describe his thoughts, Heath responded “No. If I say it, it’ll cost me.”

“It stings you,” Heath said in response to another question. “It sucks, to be flat-out honest with you. You just want things to be fair. ... As much as there was interior play with Alabama there was interior play with Arkansas. I just felt like ...

After a pause, he added, “Aw, screw it, I’m not gonna go there.”

Heath then asked if there were any more questions, but quickly got up from the table and walked out the side door.

— Kyle Veazey,
DAILY Sports Writer

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