BERKELEY, Calif. (AP)—Arizona assistant coach Joe Pasternack says he didn’t deliberately make contact with California’s Jorge Gutierrez after he fell into the Wildcats’ bench during Thursday night’s game.
Gutierrez yelled at Pasternack, a former Cal assistant, after falling into the bench chasing a loose ball in Arizona’s 78-74 win. Replays showed Pasternack making a kicking motion, which Gutierrez believed to be intentional.
Arizona coach Sean Miller and Cal’s Mike Montgomery both came to midcourt to speak with Gutierrez after the incident.
Pasternack issued a statement Friday saying his actions were a reflex in response to a player falling on top of him while running at top speed toward the bench.