Arizona Wildcat Basketball: Triple OT Win at Cal May Be Best Game of the Year
Saturday night's game between Arizona and Cal in Berkely was an instant classic.
Any game that goes three overtimes is something pretty unique.
Arizona ended up on top 107-105 in 3 OTs
The good news for the Cats is that they found out that Derrick Williams doesn't have to be the top scorer every game.
They also found out that there are other people who can take over whether Williams is in the game or not. (Williams fouled out with 21.9 seconds to go in regulation, so Arizona had to play all of the overtime periods without him.)
Here are five fabulous facts that became more clear to the Arizona Wildcats out of this excellent win:
MoMo Is Emerging
Lamont "MoMo" Jones may never become a traditional pass-first, playmaker point guard, but he has turned a corner in his contribution to the Wildcats current run.
MoMo came up huge last night not once, not twice, but three times to save the game.
Jones scored the tying three-point play with 16 seconds to play in regulation.
He had a tying 3-pointer with five seconds to go in the second OT.
And he had the go-ahead lay-in with 1:03 left in the third overtime.
Oh, yeah...he scored a career-high 25 points on the night AND only had one turnover in 39 minutes of play.
He has had six straight double-figure scoring games, and more importantly, has noticeably reduced his overall number of forced passes, bad shots, and general miscues.
Parrom Is Fierce
Ok...maybe we already knew that the NYC sophomore was fearless when he administered the "hard foul" on Ty Abbott last year.
But, this was a whole different kind of ferocity.
Kevin Parrom played last night with a swagger and confidence that he has not consistently demonstrated in his season-and-a-half with the Wildcats.
Parrom scored five of his career-best 25 points in OT3.
He shot nine-for-12 from the floor, including three-for-five shooting from beyond the arc.
Parrom also grabbed six rebounds and handed out six assists.
Perry Is a Factor
JUCO transfer Jesse Perry has been very good lately, averaging 9.2 points and 5.2 rebounds in the past six games.
His contribution is quiet but consistent.
He plays good individual defense. He comes to provide good help-side support, and more recently he is scoring more regularly.
Last night, his numbers were not impressive, but he was the best inside defender when Williams was on the bench because of foul trouble.
Horne Still Has a Role
While Jamelle Horne's U of A career is coming to a close without him realizing his full potential, the senior forward still has a role in the success of this team.
Last night, he hit three threes off the bench and grabbed six rebounds.
If he can do that night in and night out, he will play a valuable part in this team's regular season and post season success.
Mayes Is Deadly
Freshman backup point guard Jordin Mayes can shoot the three.
He proved that again by hitting three-of-four shots from beyond the arc in last night's game.
Mayes is shooting nearly 45 percent from three-point range on the year, and fills a valuable off-the-bench role on this year's team.