Craig Robinson is not one to complain about officiating.
Oregon State’s men’s basketball coach avoids the subject after games, win or lose.
Whether it was the heat of the moment after an intense 74-73 Civil War loss or the culmination of so many close-but-no-cigar results, Robinson chose to let loose a little in the postgame press conference on Sunday in the basement of Gill Coliseum.
“You guys know I never blame the refs for our game, but that was a poorly officiated game,” Robinson said.
Robinson was particularly perturbed by the foul call on Eric Moreland with 9.9 seconds left and Oregon leading 73-71.
Moreland was fighting for a rebound on a missed shot by E.J. Singler.
The whistle blew and Moreland was hit with the foul.
“That was big,” Robinson said.
It allowed Oregon to take a 3-point lead and forced the Beavers to go for a 3 for the tie.
Three OSU players found themselves in foul trouble in the first half.
Jared Cunningham had three fouls and was limited to nine minutes. Angus Brandt also had to take a seat with three fouls. He led the Beavers at the break with 10 points.
Brandt eventually fouled out.
“I was stunned that we were not down by more with Jared with three fouls, Angus with (three), Eric (Moreland) had two,” Robinson said. “Our whole starting lineup in a very physical game was in foul trouble.”
Robinson has been bothered by what he sees as the lack of respect Cunningham gets as a player from the officials.
“I’m probably getting myself in trouble here, but Jared does not get treated like one of the best players. People are allowed to bait him constantly and to bump him constantly,” Robinson said.
“Maybe I have to take it to the higher-ups or something and I’m not one of those guys. I usually want to work on my team and work on our effort.”
There was also a questionable intentional foul call on Ahmad Starks for contact with Garrett Sim when both players were racing after a loose ball.
One official made a point to speak with OSU radio play-by-play man Mike Parker.
Robinson wondered why the refs were worried about Parker.
“All I was saw was that he was talking to him. I’m sure (Parker) probably was excited about a call,” Robinson said. “But come on, really? Talking to the radio guy? You’ve got to be kidding me.”
Robinson gave credit to Oregon and has no interest in taking away from the Ducks’ win.
In the end, he was philosophical when it came to the calls.
“As we get better I suspect we’ll get better treatment,” he said.