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Arizona State caps a week of transition with a commitment from guard Chance Murray

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It was a busy week for Herb Sendek’s Arizona State program, as two new assistant coaches with NBA experience joined the program in place of the departed Scott Pera and Lamont Smith.

On Sunday another step towards the solidifying of the Sun Devil program was taken, as 6-3 guard Chance Murray announced his decision to attend the Pac-12 school on Sunday.

Murray is a Los Angeles native and attends Price HS, which finished last season with a 26-9 record and reached the title game of the CIF Division IV state tournament.

Also on that team was forward Skylar Spencer, who is a freshman at San Diego State.

With two assistant coaches leaving on the heels of consecutive losing seasons, few would blame a recruit for being a bit concerned when looking at Arizona State.

But that apparently wasn’t an issue for Murray, who sees himself playing multiple positions on the perimeter once he arrives in Tempe.

“I see myself fitting in well [at Arizona State],” Murray said. “Playing the two wing positions and some of the point. [I’m] just going in to do whatever it takes to help my team win.”

Murray’s commitment moves the count up to two for Arizona State, which also holds a verbal commitment from 6-4 guard Egor Koulechov.

The Sun Devils will rely quite a bit on players new to the program this season, as two of their top three scorers from last season (Trent Lockett and Kyle Cain) have left the program.

Point guard Jahii Carson wasn’t cleared to play last season due to academics so he’ll be making his debut this season, as will Hawai’i transfer Bo Barnes and Liberty transfer Evan Gordon.

Forwards Carrick Felix and Jonathan Gilling, 7-footers Jordan Bachynski and Ruslan Pateev and guard Chris Colvin were contributors last season, and the hope is that the newcomers will provide a much-needed boost on the perimeter.

Raphielle is also the assistant editor at CollegeHoops.net and can be followed on Twitter at @raphiellej.

VIDEO: Boise State robbed of insane, buzzer-beating win on incorrect timing by officials

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It looked like James Webb III of Boise State had hit the season’s craziest buzzer-beater.

With 0.8 seconds left, he caught an in-bounds pass on the run on the right wing, hoisted up a prayer of a three and watched as it banked it as the buzzer sounded.

It’s pretty fantastic:

And it also clearly left his hands before time expired, but there was a reason for that. According to the officials, the clock (for the road team, mind you) did not start when the ball was caught.

They were right.

Where they were wrong was determining that it took more than a second for Webb to catch and release the shot, meaning that they were wrong to waive off the bucket.

This awesome slo-mo clip of the shot from Matt Stephens of the Coloradoan is all the evidence I need, but if you need more, Sportscenter anchor Scott Van Pelt clocked it at 0.7 seconds:

The game would go to overtime, where Colorado State would go on to win, 97-93.

As you can imagine, Boise State players and coaches were livid with the call.

“I hope it’s not a situation where you get an apology later but don’t get the win. I don’t understand it,” head coach Leon Rice said in a radio interview after the game. “I hope they got it right somehow, some way. I don’t know. It didn’t look right to me, but I’m not the official.”

This comes just four days after officials blew a call in a game between New Mexico and San Diego State that allowed the Aztecs to force overtime and eventually beat the Lobos. (That call may have determined the outcome of the Mountain West regular season title, to boot.)

New Mexico was essentially told, “my bad”, but the league as a result.

And Boise State will probably get the same treatment despite the fact that, if the league determines that the referees botched this call as well, the tame technically was over then.

Will they have the guts to award the Broncos a road win that they earned and deserve?

I doubt it.

UPDATE: Here’s a statement from the officiating crew:

Tulsa rallies to hand No. 16 SMU 1st home loss 82-77

Tulsa guard James Woodard (10) shoots a free throw during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against SMU Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, in Dallas.  Tulsa won 82-77. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
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DALLAS (AP) Shaquille Harrison had 21 points, Pat Birt hit a crucial 3-pointer and scored 12 of his 17 points after halftime and Tulsa rallied from eight points down in the second half to beat No. 16 SMU 82-77 on Wednesday night.

Nic Moore scored 27 to lead the Mustangs (20-3, 9-3 American Athletic). They lost for the first time in 13 home games and dropped to 2-3 since their 18-0 start to a season that won’t include postseason play because of NCAA sanctions.

Moore twice hit 3-pointers to pull SMU within a point in the final minute, but Birt answered the first with a 3 and James Woodard followed the second with two of his six free throws in the final 1:04.

The Golden Hurricane (16-8, 8-4) ended a four-game losing streak against SMU with their eighth win in 10 games since an 0-2 conference start.