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No. 3 Arizona survives in OT
By The Associated Press; By JOE RESNICK; By BETH HARRIS
The Associated Press; AP Sports Writer
TUCSON, Ariz. — Sabatino Chen made the biggest shot of his life — and it didn't count.
The Colorado senior, 2 of 23 from three-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."
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.
Boyle and his players at least had the satisfaction of knowing how well they had played compared with their debacle a month ago when they lost 90-54 at Kansas.
"I think our team grew up," Boyle said. "We are not satisfied. This is not a moral victory. We don't feel good about ourselves."
Chalk up another heart-stopping victory for Arizona, after a 65-64 win over Florida on Mark Lyons' layup at the buzzer and 68-67 over San Diego State on Nick Johnson's late block.
This one was the most improbable of all. Arizona (13-0, 1-0) outscored the Buffaloes 10-2 over the final 1:35 of regulation to force overtime. The Buffaloes (10-3, 0-1) missed four of six free throws in that span.
"We would have gotten what we deserved if we had lost," Miller said.
At UCLA 79, California 65
Kyle Anderson had 19 points and 12 rebounds, and UCLA won its sixth straight, defeating California in the Pac-12 opener for both teams.
Shabazz Muhammad added 16 points and Travis Wear had 15 for the Bruins (11-3), who have won six in a row for the first time since the 2010-11 season when they had two such streaks and last made the NCAA tournament.
UCLA never trailed in the second half, when its biggest lead was 16 points. But the Golden Bears (8-5) rallied behind Allen Crabbe to close within four points with 6:33 to play. Crabbe, the Pac-12's leading scorer, had 16 of his 21 points in the second half.
At USC 71, Stanford 69
Jio Fontan scored 15 points, including two tiebreaking free throws with 6.9 seconds to play, and USC pulled out a victory over Stanford in the Pac-12 opener for both schools.
Eric Wise added 14 points for USC (6-8). Andy Brown had 17 points for Stanford (9-5).
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