Pac-10 Raps Refs in Cal-ASU Game
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. (AP) _ Officials working the Arizona State-California basketball game mistakenly gave the ball to California after a double technical foul with 22 seconds left in a game the Bears won 78-73, the Pac-10 Conference said Monday.
The officials _ Jerry White, Steve Wilson and George Arredondo _ were reprimanded by the league and will not officiate Pac-10 games in November.
On the play in question Sunday, California got the ball after a foul was called on an ASU player, followed by a flagrant technical on a player from each team. California was ahead 70-66 at that point.
California made both free throws for the foul, for a 72-66 lead, then made two more free throws when ASU was forced to foul on Cal’s inbounds play.
Booker Turner, head of basketball officiating for the conference, said that because the double technicals were called while the ball was dead, the ball should have gone to the team favored by the possession arrow _ ASU _ not the team which had the ball when play stopped, which was California.