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Seen & heard at McKale Center
Bruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star
Sunday, February 24, 2013 12:00 am

Happy Father's Day

Whether the Arizona Wildcats are at McKale Center or somewhere else, it's always a road game for Kenny Parrom.

The father of UA wing Kevin Parrom has been crisscrossing the country from his home in New York to catch most of the Wildcats' games no matter where they are being played.

"I can't even count" how many, Kenny Parrom said. "I'm a big fan of my son."

He had reason to be an especially big fan Saturday, with Kevin tying his career high of five three pointers while pouring in 19 points against WSU.

It was Kevin Parrom's third start in a row. He may keep starting while the UA finishes the regular season with road games at USC and UCLA, plus a "Senior Day" game with ASU on March 9.

Kenny says he will be at all of them.

"This is Kevin's senior year," he said. " I had to make sure I enjoyed this year."

Focused

Tucson dachshund Fritz made a triumphant return to the Wiener Nationals qualifying event at McKale Center.

While most of the other dachshunds took their time, looked at the crowd or ran around in circles, Fritz made a beeline to the finish and easily won the race.

Fritz, who won the 2011 qualifying event, will get a chance to compete in the national finals at the Holiday Bowl in San Diego with his owner, Julie Cornelius of Tucson.

The big number

8

Straight losses for Washington State

The (really) big number

8,009,738

Total announced attendance at UA men's basketball games during McKale Center's 40-year history, after Saturday's sellout of 14,545 pushed the number past 8 million.

Helping hand, er, elbow

When WSU's DaVonté Lacy fell to the floor after Kevin Parrom hit him in the face on Feb. 2, he may have emerged a different player.

Lacy has made 18 of 34 three-pointers since the Wildcats beat the Cougars on Feb. 2 in Pullman, Wash.

"I kind of want to thank him for getting me out of that slump," Lacy told the Spokane Spokesman-Review before Saturday's game.

On Saturday, Lacy finished with 10 points on 3-for-6 shooting while making 1 of 2 three-pointers.

"He did a good job in the second half getting looks," WSU coach Ken Bone said. "Part of it is his own aggressiveness and tenacious play."

His turn

Chester (Pa.) High School is so dominant that the Clippers didn't receive a single point from UA signee Rondae Jefferson in the first half of a 78-29 district quarterfinal playoff game Friday in Pennsylvania.

But he wasn't about to go scoreless. He finished with 14 points, sending the crowd into a frenzy with a "sensational dunk," according to the Daily Times of Delaware County, Pa.

"The first half my teammates were feeling good, and I'm all about making my teammates feel good," Jefferson said. "But there was no way that I wasn't going to score. That was a lot of anger coming out of me" on the dunk.

Arizona's other 2013 signee, guard Elliott Pitts, had 16 points and nine rebounds while his De La Salle team advanced in Northern California.

Meanwhile, UA 2014 recruiting target Parker Jackson-Cartwright and his Los Angeles Loyola High School team lost to Long Beach Poly on Friday in the city playoffs. The point guard had 16 points.

Quotable

"It's a quandary we're in ... we're practicing hard, our focus is right, we're talking about the right things. But performance is the only thing that matters at this time of year."

UA coach Sean Miller

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