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Miller Era Greatest Games: @Cal 2/5/11

September 19th, 2014 News 5 Comments

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Martin Hayvush

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.”

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  1. Chuck Gonzales

    September 19, 2014
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    I’ll remember that cal game forever. I was in New Mexico for my grandfather’s funeral and after we got back to my grandma’s house,I used her computer to track the game-surprised it was still on. The next day we drive back to Tucson and a week later, the 13th, my dad passed away. So many memories are conjured up from this game.

  2. Jeff

    September 19, 2014
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    Best Arizona game I ever attended. Maybe Momo was the MVP of that game, but I still vividly recall Parrom dominated in the paint and also nailed some three-pointers. Too bad injuries robbed him of some of his abilities. After the game, bitter Cal “fans” were grumbling that Arizona was overrated. God, I hate Cal.

  3. titan4wildcats

    September 19, 2014
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    I remember that game. It was the first time in several years that the Wildcats showed the toughness to Bear Down and not accept a defeat. They played with a vengeance to make sure they wouldn’t lose. It was very impressive. So was MoMo. He was relentless. I’d bet he still carries the memories of that specific game today.

  4. Palpalife

    September 19, 2014
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    Good stuff! Loved that game!

  5. Momo

    September 19, 2014
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    Nice write up. That was a Top 5 game of all time for me. I was there. It was AWESOME.

    “Jones hit an and-1 to send the game to regulation…” OT

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