Wrong basketball causes problems with shooting

Ariy-El Boynton

Ariy-El Boynton

On Dec. 6, before the SDSU/Oral Roberts match up, head Jackrabbit women’s basketball coach Aaron Johnston made news when he received a ball for his 200th win.

Two days earlier, a game ball used at Frost Arena made news for an entirely different reason.

The Centenary/SDSU women’s game, which was officiated by Phil Streit, Mary Toberman and Zac Brost, had a men’s basketball instead of the standard women’s basketball.

Summit League officials are looking into the error.

“We’re extremely disappointed; everyone regrets that it happened,” said Summit League commissioner Tom Douple. “I’m just astounded that it happened; we’re having meetings, and some of these mistakes happen.”

The Jacks shot less than 20 percent from the 3-point line and 31 percent from the field on Dec. 4. On Dec. 6, SDSU shot 50 percent from the field and 40 percent from behind the arc.

The mix-up just makes Johnston smile now.

“I kind off laugh about it now,” he said. “Sometimes we all take ourselves really serious here in college athletics, with something like that, if you can’t all get a chuckle out of it, I think we’re really missing out.”