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Arizona sophomore guard Lamont “MoMo” Jones was the school’s nominee for Pac-10 Player of the Week after clutch performances in victories over Stanford and California during the weekend.
The award was announced Monday and Oregon senior forward Joevan Catron was selected. Jones won the award last week after leading the Wildcats to a sweep over the Los Angeles schools.
Jones finished with a career-high 27 points in the Wildcats’ 107-105 triple-overtime victory over California on Saturday. It is the Wildcats’ fifth straight win and eighth in nine games. Two days earlier in Arizona’s 78-69 win over Stanford, Jones scored 12 of his 15 points in the second half, including eight in the final five minutes, as UA outscored Stanford 18-9 in the final 3:47.
Jones’ primary competition was Catron, who led the Ducks in a convincing sweep of the Washington schools at home. Eugene (Ore.) Register-Guard reporter Bob Clark, a veteran Pac-10 scribe, asks if the Oregon player does not earn the award this week when will a Duck be selected?
Catron’s performance is deserving of the honor. In Oregon’s wins over Washington State and Washington, the senior scored 37 points and added 18 rebounds, five assists and four steals. Catron was 15-of-26 from the field (57.7 percent).