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The Arizona Wildcats were the beneficiaries of a controversial call that overruled a Colorado Buffaloes buzzer-beating three and managed another dramatic rally to win in controversial fashion.
The Arizona Wildcats managed another incredible comeback and were the beneficiary of a controversial officiating call to beat the Colorado Buffaloes in overtime by a final score of 92-83. Arizona improved to 13-0 on the season while Colorado fell to 10-3.
Colorado built an early double-digit lead and held on for dear life the rest of the way. Arizona fell behind by as many as 17 points before rallying to trail only 34-27 at halftime. Arizona then chipped away into the lead and managed to tie the game in the final seconds, only to see Sabatino Chen bank in a three-pointer at the buzzer to shock Arizona. But the Pac-12 officiating crew waved off the three after review, sending this game to overtime. A video review would seem to confirm that the refs made the incorrect call.
PIC: Colorado hits a 3 at buzzer to beat 3rd-ranked Arizona. Refs waived it off AFTER REPLAY. Here's frame. twitter.com/CorkGaines/sta…— Cork Gaines (@CorkGaines) January 4, 2013
The overtime period would go back and forth, but Arizona would eventually pull away as Colorado's offense shut down. Arizona had six Wildcats score in double digits, led by Mark Lyons with 24 points. Kevin Parrom had 16 points, and Solomon Hill chipped in 15. Colorado had five Buffs score in double digits, led by Askia Booker with 18 points.