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UNLV's last-second shot against Boise St. thrown out

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This image taken from video of Deville Smith's buzzer-beating shot against Boise St. on Feb. 22, 2014, highlights the position of the ball and the red-lit goal at the opposite end of the court. (FOX5) This image taken from video of Deville Smith's buzzer-beating shot against Boise St. on Feb. 22, 2014, highlights the position of the ball and the red-lit goal at the opposite end of the court. (FOX5)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

It's not unusual to have people get riled up at the end of a college basketball game, expressing their own variation of the coaching style of their favorite team. On some occasions, those rants are merited.

For the University of Nevada, Las Vegas' men's basketball team, Saturday's matchup against Boise State in Idaho was one of those games.

The Runnin' Rebels needed a three-pointer to pull out the win against the Broncos in overtime. With less than a second left, UNLV's Deville Smith hit a shot for just that, giving UNLV a breathtaking win.

Or did he?

After the shot, the referees decided to take a look at the replay. Turns out, the red light that signals the ending of the quarter was not working. So, they looked at the clock, and they ruled that the ball was still in Smith's possession when the clock struck zero.

A frame-by-frame replay of the video showed the red light on the goal at the other end of the court had activated when Smith's fingertips were still on the ball.

The refs ruled no basket for Smith, and Boise State walked away with the 90-91 win.

"I felt like I got it off in time," Smith said after the game. "I can't even explain the feeling, really. I've got to just keep the team together."

During FOX5's "Reb Zone Sports Show" on Sunday, head coach Dave Rice said he feels bad for his players.

"We had a tremendous officiating crew," Rice said. "Randy McCall is one of the best in the business. I know that he did what he felt was right with the evidence he had."

However, Rice admitted, if the team had hit several free throws that were afforded them, UNLV wouldn't have needed a buzzer-beating shot to win the game.

"There's always more plays to be made," Rice said. "I think we'll learn a lot from this."

The Runnin' Rebels will take that knowledge and apply it to their next opponent on Wednesday at the Thomas and Mack Center. Tip off with the Colorado State Rams is set for 8:05 p.m.

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