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    Seniors depart with style

    Arizona senior David Bagga kisses the court in McKale Center on Saturday after he was honored for his time as a Wildcat. The walk-on guard is a fan favorite despite what his career stat sheet reflects.
    Arizona senior David Bagga kisses the court in McKale Center on Saturday after he was honored for his time as a Wildcat. The walk-on guard is a fan favorite despite what his career stat sheet reflects.

    Saturday evening marked a storybook ending to the less-than-storybook careers of Arizona’s seniors.

    Experiencing three head coaches in four years, UA seniors Fendi Onobun and David Bagga could not have scripted a better ending to their respective tenures in McKale Center.

    Bagga, a wildly popular fan-favorite walk-on, entered the game with 23 seconds remaining, much to the favor of an over-sold out McKale Center.

    With 12 seconds left, UA point guard Nic Wise handed off a steal to Bagga, who drained the 3-pointer to put the Wildcats up 101-87.

    After the game, the team rallied around the guard, who has only scored 21 total points in his career.

    “”I thought it was just so appropriate. Just a storybook ending for him,”” said UA interim head coach Russ Pennell. “”The crowd wanted him. He just caught it and let it fly.

    “”I was really happy for him,”” Pennell added. “”I haven’t been around a guy like Bagga that just totally, 100 percent, accepts his role and he’s just glad to be an Arizona Wildcat.””

    As for Onobun, the UA senior, who fought through four years of injuries and obstacles after entering Tucson as a four-star recruit in 2005, couldn’t have asked for a better performance on the floor.

    Onobun shot a perfect 100 percent from the floor and free throw line, scoring four points in four minutes.

    “”It was a rough road sometimes, but there were so many positives,”” Onobun said. “”I’m sad that my time here at McKale is over. But the main thing I learned is perseverance. If you have faith, you can get through anything.””

    After the game, the two seniors were honored at an emotional on-the-court ceremony. When his name was announced for the last time, Bagga waved to the crowd, walked over to halfcourt and kissed the floor that read “”Olson.””

    Bagga stood up and waved to the Hall-of-Famer, who stood a few rows up in the stands.

    “”I kinda of planned it out about a week ago,”” Bagga said. “”I talked to coach Pennell about it. He gave me the blessing to do it.””

    “”If it wasn’t for (Olson) I wouldn’t be here,”” Bagga added. “” I just wanted to show my appreciation to him and the university.””

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