Tad Boyle injures leg helping break up late-game skirmish

"I felt like I got shot in the calf," Boyle said.

Tempers flared Wednesday late in the Pac-12 tournament opener between Colorado and Arizona State.

A Colorado alley-oop from McKinley Wright IV to Tyler Bey drew the ire of the Arizona State players, and led to some shoving between both teams and three technical fouls.

It also resulted in an injury for Colorado head coach Tad Boyle as he ran out onto the floor to help break up the scuffle.

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“I felt like I got shot in the calf,” Boyle said following the Buffaloes' 97-85 victory.

Boyle at first thought that he had torn his Achilles tendon, but appeared willing to make that sacrifice for the victory.

"It’s a tough blow, tough one. I’ll take it. I’ll sacrifice my Achilles for the win, though," Boyle said postgame.

He also took responsibility for the incident that led to the skirmish.

“I take full responsibility for that,” Boyle said. “We certainly weren’t trying to rub it in their face. We haven’t gone over that situation a lot and that’s my fault as a head coach. But we’d never want to take a turnover, but we don’t want to maybe throw an alley-oop lob and make somebody feel like we’re showboating.”

Later, Andy Katz reported that Boyle said it was in fact a torn calf.

Boyle will "play 'hurt' " Thursday during the No. 8 seed Buffaloes' game against No. 1 seed Arizona.

Contributing: Associated Press