ARIZONA STATE BASKETBALL
ASU’s Holder ejected for shove of CU player in Pac-12 Tourney loss
Mar 7, 2018, 4:00 PM
Tad Boyle appeared to get injured while responding to a scuffle during CU-ASU pic.twitter.com/YIxy7RRpgt
— Andrew Joseph (@AndyJ0seph) March 7, 2018
Arizona State guard Tra Holder was ejected Wednesday in the waning moments of the Sun Devils’ Pac-12 Tournament loss after he shoved Colorado Buffaloes guard Tyler Bey.
The Sun Devils trailed 92-83 with seven seconds remaining in the game and the shot clock differential at about five seconds. Colorado guard McKinley Wright IV drove into the lane and threw a lob pass to Bey, who dunked the ball.
As Bey ran back on defense, Holder streaked into the paint from beyond the three-point line and shoved the CU freshman to the ground.
A scuffle ensued, and amid the teams being broken up, Buffaloes head coach Tad Boyle appeared to injure his leg.
Asked Coach Boyle after the @CUBuffsMBB win what happened to him at the end of it? Told me he "Felt like I got shot in the calf, hope it's not the achilles." #Pac12Hoops #BackThePac
— Kate Scott (@katetscott) March 7, 2018
After reviewing the skirmish, the officials ejected Holder.
Colorado ended up winning by a 97-85 final score thanks to Wright’s 20 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds.
Holder, a senior, scored 14 points but went 6-of-14 from the field.
The Sun Devils also got 20 points of contributions from freshman guard Remy Martin, but they struggled by making just 12-of-21 free throws and allowing the Buffaloes to shoot 13-of-21 from three.
Arizona State now awaits Selection Sunday.
After a 12-0 nonconference season, ASU failed to pick up momentum in the Pac-12 Tournament with the opening-round loss and enters the NCAA Tournament selection process having lost five of the last six games.