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Arizona steals one at Cal

Arizona’s Lamont Jones, left, tries to get past Cal’s Jorge Gutierrez, right, at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley, California, on Saturday, February 5, 2011. Arizona went on to win the game, 107-105, in overtime.

Lasting three overtimes and more than three hours, the Arizona Wildcats slipped past the California Golden Bears 107-105 at Haas Pavilion Saturday night, maintaining its sole possession of the Pacific 10 Conference.

No. 21 Arizona (20-4, 9-2 Pac-10) struggled to find a rhythm against the Bears mix of 2-3 zone and man defense, but still managed to shoot 47 percent and 41 percent from 3-point range.

Forward Derrick Williams, hampered by his pinky finger once again, scored 12 and grabbed 18 rebounds before fouling out in regulation.

That’s when point guard Momo Jones took over. Jones scored 27 points, including an And 1 floater when Arizona was down three points with 16 second remaining in regulation and a 3-pointer when his Wildcats were again down three points in the second overtime.

Jones had only one turnover and shot 7-for-9 from the foul stripe.

Meanwhile, Arizona was aided by a strong bench effort led by forward Kevin Parrom. The sophomore scored 25 points, a career high, and also had six assists and five rebounds.

Arizona’s bench outscored Cal’s 52-3 for the game.

But the Golden Bears kept close with three three-headed monster of guards Jorge Gutierrez and Allen Crabbe and forward Harper Kamp.

Gutierrez scored 25, Crabbe took advantage of his size against a smaller Kyle Fogg for 27 points and Kamp scored 33 and rebounded the ball 10 times.

With former Pac-10 leader Washington getting swept at the Oregon schools, Arizona is now 9-2 in conference, ahead of the 7-4 Huskies and the 7-3 UCLA Bruins.

Check back with the Daily Wildcat on Monday for commentary on the play of point guard Momo Jones and an analysis of the weekend.


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