Bobby Hurley blasts referees postgame after Arizona State’s last-second loss to Arizona

Arizona State’s Bobby Hurley was not pleased after no foul was called during the Sun Devils’ final possession in Thursday’s loss to rival Arizona.

Arizona State fell to 4-7 overall and 1-4 in the Pac-12 on Thursday after Arizona’s Azuolas Tubelis converted a last-second putback for the 84-82 win in Tempe.

Ranked 18th in the preseason AP Top 25 and expected to compete for a league title, the Sun Devils continue to search for answers in a season marred by injuries, distractions and COVID-19 obstacles.

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While Arizona State head coach Bobby Hurley acknowledged his team’s shortcomings after their fifth consecutive loss, he also pulled no punches regarding a no-call on Remy Martin’s at-rim attempt on ASU’s final possession.

“I thought we deserved to win the basketball game tonight,” Hurley said. “I thought that Remy Martin — after watching it live and then watching it again on film after — clearly was fouled by a player in the restricted area. That player did not leave his feet, he was contacted, his arms did not go straight up, and the guy should have been whistled for the foul and put (Martin) on the free-throw line.”

Hurley’s opening statement from the postgame presser is below.

Additionally, Hurley also tweeted for the first time in over a month shortly after the loss, posting nothing but a screenshot of the play in question:

Arizona and Arizona State are set to meet again on Monday night (11 p.m. ET; ESPN2) in Tucson at the McKale Center.

UPDATE (11:02 p.m. ET): The Pac-12 has reprimanded Hurley for his comments about Thursday’s officiating. Full statement from the conference is below.

Eli Boettger
Eli Boettger

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