Recruits react to controversial ending

2014 Syracuse commit Chris McCullough

Syracuse lost to Duke Saturday night in controversial fashion. Several Orange recruits react to the block/charge call and head coach Jim Boeheim's reaction inside.

Syracuse was on the wrong end of a controversial call Saturday night, when C.J. Fair was called for a charge on Rodney Hood. Jim Boeheim blew a gasket and was subsequently ejected for his reaction. Duke won 66-60 as a result of the sequence. CuseNation.com spoke to several Syracuse commits to get their reaction.

Class of 2014 commit Chris McCullough: "I think the call was a charge. I don't think C.J. really touched him in the air. When Jabari did the same thing they called a block. The Jabari call should have been a charge. Boeheim got fired up. Any coach would have done the same thing. He only did that out of passion."

Class of 2014 commit Kaleb Joseph: "I'm not really sure. I'm not a ref. It's over with now. On to the next. I loved to see that passion in coach (Boeheim). A lot of other coaches would have freaked out on C.J. because of the call. But coach had his back. That made me excited. That's all any players wants from his coach, to believe in him and have his back. Because that's what family does and that's how ‘Cuse is."

Class of 2015 commit Malachi Richardson: "(It was) easily a block. But if you don't want to call that then it's a no call. The game shouldn't be in the hands of the ref. Man I was heated! I jumped out of the chair and ran into the kitchen. Worst call I've seen all year with two top teams in the country. My intentions (for the next game) would be to get the game out of the refs hands early that way it won't come down to that."

Class of 2015 commit Tyler Lydon: "I think it should've been a block. It was a tough call for that ref to make though. I understand why he (Boeheim) did it (reacted) because of it being in the heat of the moment."

Class of 2015 target Thomas Bryant: "I don't know. My personal opinion, not because I like one or another more, but I think it was a block in my personal opinion. I thought it (Boeheim's reaction) was kind of funny. I've never seen him react like that, but I probably would do the same thing if I was him."

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