A coach who believes in forcing the action in that situation has a couple of options.
(1) Make a serious play for a steal; at worst, you foul, they hit both FTs and you're down two with the ball and plenty of time for good shot. At best, you get a clean steal or a held ball; if nothing else, you disrupt the rhythm of the offensive plan (which could cause them to make turn it over on their own).
This would have been my choice.
"Don't worry Boss...they can't do nothin' 'til they're through sparklin'..."
I'm the same way when it comes to generic situations of (1) needing put the opponent at the line when you're trailing (or the need to burn fouls to put a team into the bonus for same reason) and (2) what to do when you're up by 3.
(1) is a fouling situation anyway -- you risk nothing.
(2) it's a judgment call, but if you are choosing the FTs over the 3, at least try to get something out of it.
Mel had the rb, until the OSU dude knocked it out. Check the replay. Zebras ignored it and Melvin's pleas that he didn't knock it out.
As much as I want to agree with you, I've watched this play many times and I think the motion of Ejim's arm pushed the ball forward off Thomas and out of bounds. Ejim's follow-through kept his hand on the ball after it hit Thomas.
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