Was it on his fingertips? Or was it away?
Arizona pulled out another stunner, its third this year, by beating Colorado in overtime. It looked like the Buffs had won when Sabatino Chen banked in a 3-pointer as time expired, but it was waived off by the referees after a review. Here’s the video of the shot:
NCAA coordinator of officials John Adams told the Sporting News he reviewed the shot and the referees ruled correctly.
After the shot was disallowed, Arizona outscored Colorado 12-3 in overtime for the 92-83 win to stay undefeated. Colorado controlled most of the game, leading by as many as 12 points in the second half and 17 in the game. The Wildcats were down 79-74 with 58 seconds left when the comeback began. It was reminiscent of Arizona’s comeback against Florida just two weeks ago, when Arizona rallied from a six-point deficit in the final minute.
“We would have gotten what we deserved if we had lost,” Arizona coach Sean Miller said.
“If it’s the wrong call, then I’m really sick to my stomach,” CU head coach Tad Boyle told the Boulder Daily Camera. “Because we’ve got guys in that locker room that deserved to win that game. I’m not saying that they didn’t deserve to win it, but our guys played their hearts out. We deserved to win.”
Here is the statement from the Pac-12′s head of officials, Ed Rush:
“Game officials reviewed video replays of the end of regulation in accordance with NCAA playing rules and determined the ball was still on the shooters’ fingertips when the official game clock on the floor expired. Per Conference protocol, the officials conducted a thorough review court side and viewed multiple angles of the play before confirming the ruling. I have reviewed the video replays and agree with the ruling.”
Except five missed free throws and turnovers down the stretch allowed Arizona to creep back into the game. Here’s a good column about the game from Greg Hansen at the Arizona Daily Star. He says lucks is on Arizona’s side.
UCLA had less trouble. The Bruins took care of Cal 79-65 for their sixth consecutive win. Shabazz Muhammad scored just 16 points on 5-for-13 shooting in what the LA Times says can be considered his first off night.
No matter. The Bruins slowed down the folks around the conference’s leading scorer, Allen Crabbe, who had 21. Freshman Kyle Anderson had a good night for UCLA with 19 points and 12 rebounds. Not to be overlooked were Larry Drew’s nine assists and zero turnovers. Drew has an astonishing 47 assists and six turnovers in the last six games, good for nearly an 8-1 assist-to-turnover ratio.
In southern California, USC got a big and unexpected 71-69 win against Stanford. Trojans point guard Jio Fontan, who had been struggling, finished with 15 points and four assists. He made four free throws down the stretch to help USC hang on.