Over the coming weeks PGU will be looking back at some of the greatest games the Wildcats have been involved in during Coach Sean Miller’s tenure at Arizona. Make sure to check PGU for the next installment.
Arizona 107, Cal 105, 3OT – Saturday, February 5, 2011
This will go down as one of the wildest games in conference history, pitting two newly made rivals on full display. It was also the definition of a thriller, producing 55 minutes of exciting basketball.
Before the Wildcats would go on to a thrilling Elite Eight run, they had to forge their identity throughout the conference season. This win not only tested their mental and physical ability, it gave the team the confidence it needed to win close games later in the season.
When Derrick Williams fouled out with less than 30 seconds to go, it seemed like Arizona was done. After Williams had collected 18 rebounds in a tightly contested game, his presence was irreplaceable.
Luckily for the Wildcats, a pair of New Yorkers stepped up when the moment came.
Lamont “MoMo” Jones exploded for 27 points, including numerous clutch plays at the end of regulation and multiple overtimes. Jones was 9 of 18 from the field, playing 39 total minutes.
Jones hit an and-1 to send the game to regulation, he hit a three to extend the game in double overtime, and finally he converted the go ahead basket in the final period.
Kevin Parrom, another east coast cat, set career highs with 25 points and 6 assists. Parrom’s toughness and clutch play was one of the main reasons Arizona was able to win without Williams on the court.
“One of the great wins that I’ve been a part of,” Miller said after the game. “Thrillers like this you remember.”