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Arizona aide says contact unintentional

California guard Jorge Gutierrez (2) is held back by forward Harper Kamp (22) and head coach Mike Montgomery, right.
Cal guard Jorge Gutierrez (No. 2) is held back while confronting Arizona coach Sean Miller.
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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.

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Did Arizona's assistant coach intentionally try to kick Cal's Jorge Gutierrez? You be the judge.

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.

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