UA-UNLV game blog: Cats lose in double overtimeby Anthony Gimino on Dec. 02, 2009, under Sports
Some courtside observations from tonight’s UA basketball game against No. 24 UNLV. …
–Tough loss. Cats lose 74-72 in double overtime. These things add up when it comes NCAA tournament selection time (assuming UA is around the bubble at that time). Nic Wise couldn’t get off a final shot — well, it was blocked — after Kendall Wallace made only 1 of 2 free throws with 5.8 seconds left.
Wise dribbled down the right sideline, cut to the middle at the top of the 3-point line, but Justin Hawkins blocked the final attempt, and Tre’Von Willis was there to help on defense, too.
–Nic Wise makes it 73-72 with two free throws with 6.1 seconds left.
–Arizona 4 of 22 from 3-point range tonight. Cats trail 72-70 with 11.6 second left and UNLV shooting two free throws. Matt Shaw makes 1 of 2.
–Derrick Williams with a career-high 28 for the Cats.
–Season flash before your eyes? Nic Wise goes down with 3:52 left in double overtime, holding his knee after coming down awkwardly on a failed drive to the basket. He was able to check right back in after the game was stopped while he was attended to on the court.
–Jamelle Horne, quiet all game on offense, makes the tying basket with 29.0 seconds left as he drives into the lane and elevates (as he can) and banks in a shot off the glass. (Pretty sure he did call bank on that one). Tied at 63, going to the second overtime.
–Big-time move in the post for Derrick Williams. He backs down Darris Santee, picks up the dribble, spins to split the double team coming from Kendall Wallace and muscles in the layup, plus the foul. He makes the free throw for a 60-58 lead with 1:41 to go. Williams has a team-high 24 points.
–Nic Wise had the shot to win the game, but it missed … and we’re headed for bonus basketball, tied at 54.
–Tied at 52 with 1:45 left. This will be the second-lowest scoring game of the 17-game series between the teams. UA won 52-49 in Las Vegas in 2007. The teams tonight are a combined 8 of 41 from 3-point range.
–Arizona leads 50-47 with 3:20 to go. Fifty. Forty-seven. These are neither Tark’s Runnin’ Rebels nor Lute’s run-and-gun teams from the late 1980s.
–Has the basketball team turned into the football team? Good enough to play a lot of close games, but not good enough to blow out good teams. It all comes down to a few plays at the end.
–Now, UNLV is on a 7-0 run (see note below). Arizona has been missing too many shots from around the basket, and Jamelle Horne is still having a hard time finding the net, shooting 1 of 6 from the field.
–It’s still a game of runs. Arizona is on a 8-0 roll, forcing UNLV coach Lon Kruger to call timeout with 9:38 left and UA leading 46-40. McKale is as loud as it has been all night.
–MoMo Jones is, uh, fun to watch. He went charging down court with the ball after pulling down a rebound but skidded out of control and lost the ball for a turnover. Sean Miller yanked him out of the game, but Jones had to come back in 10 seconds later, with 12:49 to go, when Kyle Fogg picked up his fourth foul. Jones then hit a 3-pointer with 12:02 left to give UA a 41-40 lead.
–Arizona missed its first seven shots of the half before Kyryl Natyazhko made a layup to tie the game at 38 with 14:07 to go. It won’t be surprising to see the Wildcats go through offensive droughts like this against good competition, especially when Jamelle Horne isn’t contributing on that end.
–UNLV began the second half with a 7-0 run that was stopped by two free throws from Nic Wise to tie the game at 36. Soon after, Horne picked up his third foul with 16:25 to go. Horne will stay in the game, for now. He has two points and three rebounds.
–The Cats led 34-29 at halftime.
–Arizona entered the game allowing opponents to shoot just 25.6 percent from beyond the 3-point arc. UNLV was 2 of 12 in the first half. Thank goodness for Arizona that UNLV’s Wink Adams graduated after last season.
–Arizona has shown a little bit of zone in the first half. On one late possession in the first half, UNLV passed right over the top for an alley-oop layup to Derrick Jasper. If he had dunked it, it could have been on SportsCenter.
–Jamelle Horne … it’s always hard to know what you’re going to get. He doesn’t score his first points until there is 3:51 left in the half. On the next possession, he faked a 3-pointer and drove and dished to Derrick Williams for a layup and foul. Williams converted for a 32-27 lead.
–Arizona answered a 10-0 UNLV run that gave the Rebels a 24-19 lead with one of its best sequences of the season. Nic Wise bulled his way to the rim for a layup, MoMo Jones hit a long 2-pointer from the right corner, Solomon Hill grabbed a defensive rebound and sent a long outlet pass to Jones for an easy fast-break bucket, and then Wise drew a charge underneath the hoop.
–Wise has twice used a behind-the-back dribble to good effect. He went around a defender early in the game for a layup, then he went behind the back to get into the lane and feed Derrick Williams for a layup.
–Freshman center Kyryl Natyazhko is perfect from the 3-point line. He took his first career 3-pointer with about 13 minutes left in the first half … and made it.
–UNLV coach Lon Kruger walked to midcourt to shake hands with UA’s Sean Miller before the game. That’s the fourth different Arizona coach Kruger has greeted in the past four years of this series. Such has been the state of Arizona basketball.