Feb 28, 2011
Cheerleader’s Mistake Allows Pitt To Have Shot To Tie

Kyle Kuric broke free from Pittsburgh defenders and unleashed a monstrous two-handed dunk with 0.5 seconds left in overtime, and the 22, 758 fans at the KFC Yum! Center went crazy.

Everyone thought the University of Louisville’s victory over the nation’s No. 4 team was complete. Jordan Alcazar, a male cheerleader, then grabbed the ball and jubilantly tossed it in the air.

The mood changed quickly when the whistle blew for a technical foul.

Since there was time on the clock, Alcazar’s action was deemed a delay of game.

“He thought the game was over because clearly the kids know not to touch the ball, said Todd Sharp, Uof L’s spirit coordinator. We were just like every Cardinal fan in the house, so elated that we were winning that game that he just lost his mind for a minute.”

Pitt’s Ashton Gibbs made both free throws to trim the deficit to 62-59. The Panthers had one last gasp to tie the game, but Gibbs’ desperation heave from a step inside halfcourt at the buzzer was off the mark.

It was a bizarre way to end an otherwise fulfilling victory. Preston Knowles wasn’t so forgiving immediately after the game.

“Honestly, I’m still mad about that because that could have cost us the game, Knowles said. I have to say no comment.”

Pitino joked in his post-game remarks that “all good things come to an end and the male cheerleader has come to an end.”

But Sharp said Pitino called Alcazar and told him that “he has a great story to tell his kids someday. He was very gracious about it.”

Sharp said Alcazar, a third-year student from Charlotte, N.C., would not face a suspension from the squad. Alcazar could not be reached for comment.

Sharp added that as long as he’s coaching he would use this game to teach his cheerleading and dance squads to never interfere with the game: “What if this happened in a tournament game and we were up one point?”

Cheerleader’s Mistake Allows Pitt To Have Shot To Tie

Louisville Courier-Journal (Ky.), C.L. Brown

Kyle Kuric broke free from Pittsburgh defenders and unleashed a monstrous two-handed dunk with 0.5 seconds left in overtime, and the 22, 758 fans at the KFC Yum! Center went crazy.

Everyone thought the University of Louisville’s victory over the nation’s No. 4 team was complete. Jordan Alcazar, a male cheerleader, then grabbed the ball and jubilantly tossed it in the air.

The mood changed quickly when the whistle blew for a technical foul.

Since there was time on the clock, Alcazar’s action was deemed a delay of game.

“He thought the game was over because clearly the kids know not to touch the ball, said Todd Sharp, Uof L’s spirit coordinator. We were just like every Cardinal fan in the house, so elated that we were winning that game that he just lost his mind for a minute.”

Pitt’s Ashton Gibbs made both free throws to trim the deficit to 62-59. The Panthers had one last gasp to tie the game, but Gibbs’ desperation heave from a step inside halfcourt at the buzzer was off the mark.

It was a bizarre way to end an otherwise fulfilling victory. Preston Knowles wasn’t so forgiving immediately after the game.

“Honestly, I’m still mad about that because that could have cost us the game, Knowles said. I have to say no comment.”

Pitino joked in his post-game remarks that “all good things come to an end and the male cheerleader has come to an end.”

But Sharp said Pitino called Alcazar and told him that “he has a great story to tell his kids someday. He was very gracious about it.”

Sharp said Alcazar, a third-year student from Charlotte, N.C., would not face a suspension from the squad. Alcazar could not be reached for comment.

Sharp added that as long as he’s coaching he would use this game to teach his cheerleading and dance squads to never interfere with the game: “What if this happened in a tournament game and we were up one point?”






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