Basketball: The Gutierrez-Pasternack incident

Jorge Gutierrez was not made available in the postgame interview session to discuss what happened with 4:46 left when he tumbled into the Arizona bench and came up looking like he was ready to fight.

It was an unusual moment.

While trying to save a pass, Gutierrez fell into the bench and got tangled with Cats assistant coach Joe Pasternack — the one-time Cal aide. Gutierrez came away furious and had to be restrained by teammates. Referees reviewed the video, but made no call.

“I didn’t see what happened,” teammate Harper Kamp said. “He (Gutierrez) felt Coach P said something and extended his leg and tried to kick him, something like that. I know they’re both passionate guys.”

Arizona coach Sean Miller said he wasn’t sure what happened.

Cal coach Mike Montgomery tried to downplay the incident, but said of Gutierrez, “In his opinion, one of the coaches on the other team did something he shouldn’t.”


Jeff Faraudo