The three officials watched the tape over and over. Then they looked at it a few more times.
Finally, P.J. Tucker's shot in the lane at the overtime buzzer was ruled good and No. 18 Texas had a 79-77 victory over host No. 25 Providence in one of the wildest games of the season.
``It was a funny feeling,'' Texas's Royal Ivey said. ``I was saying if we have to play another five minutes, let's play.''
One overtime turned out to be enough.
Donnie McGrath hit a 3-pointer with 3.7 seconds left in the overtime to bring Providence into a 77-77 tie. Texas inbounded the ball under its basket after a timeout and Tucker, a freshman, took the pass at the opposite 3-point line.
He dribbled behind his back near midcourt and continued on to the lane, letting the ball go as the red light on the backboard went on and the buzzer sounded.
The officials went to the scorer's table to watch the replay and they watched it several times. After a delay of about seven minutes, referee Tim Higgins strode to midcourt and ruled the basket good, drawing the ire of the crowd of 12,993, who had seen the Friars come back from a 21-point deficit in the first half and from down by 9 with 5:18 to go in regulation.
``By rule, any basket at the buzzer had to be reviewed,'' Higgins said. ``The first eight times we watched it we couldn't see the light go off because of the ball and three zeros does not end a game, the light does. We finally saw a side view and after 10, 15 times it was clear the ball was out of his hand at the light.''
Senior guard Ivey had a career-high 22 points for the Longhorns. Ryan Gomes had a season-high 28 points for the Friars.
The game was a homecoming for Texas coach Rick Barnes, the head man at Providence from 1988-94.
Kansas 77, Colorado 62 - Wayne Simien had 21 points and 14 rebounds as the visiting 13th-ranked Jayhawks (9-2, 1-0 Big 12) won their 13th consecutive conference opener.
Quinnipiac 94, Manhattanville 57 - Rashaun Banjo scored a career-high 28 points and pulled down 10 rebounds for his second straight double-double as the Bobcats (3-7) rolled past the Valiants (5-4) in Hamden, Conn.
Amherst 81, Salve Regina 40 - John Donovan scored 16 points as the visiting Lord Jeffs (9-0) routed the Seahawks.
WPI 68, Conn. College 57 - Brian Steele's 15 points lifted the Engineers (6-2) past the Camels (3-5) in New London, Conn.
DeSales 64, Wheaton 56 - Scott Mahan's 11 rebounds and game-high 19 points weren't enough as the Lyons (6-3) fell in the title game of the Casa Mia Holiday Tournament in Center Valley, Pa.
Central Conn. 67, Loyola 62 - Lenny Jefferson went 6 for 6 from the line in the final 45 seconds as the visiting Blue Devils (3-3) won.
Duke 79, Florida St. 66 - Alana Beard had 19 points to set a school scoring record, and the top-ranked Blue Devils (11-1, 2-0) extended their streak of Atlantic Coast Conference victories to 45 by beating the visiting Seminoles (7-6, 0-2) in their first game as the nation's top-ranked team.
Beard surpassed the mark of 2,232 career points by Chris Moreland (1985-89) with a putback of her miss with 13:08 left in the first half. Beard now has 2,248 career points.
Rice 87, Louisiana Tech 84 - Lauren Neaves made a free throw and a basket in the final minute of overtime to give the Lady Owls an upset of the Lady Techsters (8-2) in Houston.
Bowdoin 61, WPI 35 - Alison Smith had 11 points and eight rebounds as the Polar Bears, ranked fourth in Division 3, routed the Engineers for their 29th straight home victory.
Brandeis 73, Curry 30 - Danielle Fitzpatrick and Catherine Brady each scored 14 points as the Judges (6-1) rolled past the Colonels in Waltham.
Saint Anselm 8, Franklin Pierce 3 - Bostjan Kolaric had a hat trick and added an assist as the Hawks (6-2) soared past the Ravens (2-7) in Winchendon.
Salem St. 6, Fitchburg St. 0 - Brian Boike had a goal and two assists as the Vikings (7-3-1) beat the Falcons (2-7).