TUCSON, Ariz. - Kevin Parrom scored five of his 16 points in overtime after No. 3 Arizona staged an improbable late rally in regulation and the Wildcats escaped with a 92-83 victory over Colorado in their Pac-12 opener on Thursday night.
Colorado's Sabatino Chen banked in a 3-pointer at the end of regulation but officials waved it off after reviewing the video, saying the ball was on his fingertips as the backboard lights went on to show time had expired.
Arizona (13-0, 1-0) outscored the Buffaloes 10-2 over the final 1:35 of regulation to force the overtime. The Wildcats were down by 17 points in the first half and 16 with 12:40 to go in regulation.
It was the third close win for the Wildcats, who beat Florida 65-64 and San Diego State 68-67.
After the game Colorado head coach Tad Boyle spoke about the controversial ending and made a stern suggestion about instant replay.
"Get rid of instant replay," Boyle told ESPN. "In basketball, football, human error is part of our game. If human error is part of the game, let the officials call the game. Players, coaches and officials will make mistakes. It's part of the game. We spend all this money on replays and we still can't get it right. Get rid of it."
Pac-12 coordinator of officials Ed Rush, who was the former NBA director of officials, agreed with the referees decision to wave off Chen's basket and issued the following statement on the ruling, according to ESPN.
"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 through 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."
Askia Booker led Colorado (10-3, 0-1) with 18 points in the loss.
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