Sabatino Chen made the biggest shot of his life – and it didn’t count.
The Colorado senior, 2 of 23 from 3-point range in his career going into the game, banked one in from behind the arc at the end of regulation for what would have been the game-winner, only to have officials wave it off after several minutes of review.
No. 3 Arizona, which had trailed virtually the entire game in its Pac-12 opener, went on to win 92-83 in overtime Thursday night to remain unbeaten.
Colorado coach Tadd Boyle maintained his composure with some difficulty afterward.
“I mean, are you kidding me?” he said. “It’s disappointing because our team played well enough to win.”
He was more frank in a telephone interview with ESPN.
“Get rid of instant replay,” Boyle told ESPN.com by phone. “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.”
Arizona coach Sean Miller acknowledged the call “could have gone either way.”
Some replays indicated the shot was taken in time. Others showed that perhaps it wasn’t.
“It came down to fingertips, maybe,” Chen said.
When Chen banked in the 3-pointer, it looked like Colorado had won. But after huddling for several minutes, the officials said no. Referee James Breeding told a television announcer that the ball was on Chen’s fingertips when the lights around the backboard went on.
“If it’s the wrong call, I’m really, really sick to my stomach,” Boyle said, “because we had guys in this locker room that deserved to win that game.”
SOUTH CAROLINA: Second-leading scorer Lashay Page won’t play the rest of the season because of academic issues.
First-year coach Frank Martin hoped to have Page’s “academic glitch” cleared up in a day or two, perhaps even in time for the start of Southeastern Conference play next week.
Instead, the senior transfer from Southern Mississippi is done for the season. Martin said in a text message to The AP that he would take questions on Page’s situation after today’s game against South Carolina State.
Page, 6-foot-2 guard, has started nine games and averaged 11.7 points. He’s also been South Carolina’s top foul shooter at 87.1 percent.
NORTH CAROLINA: Coach Roy Williams says he is “cautiously optimistic” that Reggie Bullock will play in Sunday’s Atlantic Coast Conference opener at Virginia after missing a game with a concussion.
The 6-foot-7 forward was hurt Dec. 27 when he collided with James Michael McAdoo as the two went after a long pass during a practice drill. He sat out of UNC’s win against UNLV two days later.
UNIFIED GROUP: The seven Catholic schools that have decided to leave the Big East and form their own league continued to plot the future Friday, retaining Proskauer Rose LLP and Pilson Communications, Inc., to aid in their defection.
St. John’s, Georgetown, Marquette, DePaul, Seton Hall, Providence and Villanova all decided in December to set off on their own as the Big East continues to reshape itself.
The university presidents met Friday in New York to discuss the future of the new league. They vow to “Honor the history and tradition on which the Big East was established.”
There is no timetable for when other schools will join the league.