Jerime Anderson first met Kyle Fogg at a pickup game in the latter's hometown of Brea, Calif., when the two were in eighth grade.
Mutual respect during high school, where they played in the same league, "developed into a friendship," the UCLA senior said.
Anderson, then, was happy to see Fogg honored in his final home game Saturday, even if the outcome of the game wasn't what he wanted.
"I give him all his just dues and all that respect," he said. "And that respect and that love he gets is well-deserved here."
With 13:35 to play, the Arizona Wildcats turned the ball over, and Sean Miller took two steps toward the court, screaming at an official.
That earned the UA coach a technical foul, for which the Bruins shot two free throws.
Miller said he was angry that UCLA behemoth Josh Smith was not called for a reaching foul.
"We tried to negate Josh Smith as much as we could when we had the ball," Miller said. "That's why I got the technical foul, and I probably deserved it.
"I don't think Josh Smith can reach 30 feet from the basket on a point guard. No one coaches that. When you do that, I feel like that's a foul."
Late Friday night, Miller checked the time and worried.
"I looked at my clock last night at 11:30, and I just said, 'God, 12 hours from now, we're playing again,'" the UA coach said. "It's nice to almost take a deep breath and not have that upon us again."
The Wildcats won't play again for another week, finishing the season in Tempe next Sunday.
Miller was happy to see the end of his conference schedule.
The UA has played a noon game, local time, the past four Saturdays.
"I'm just glad we're done with Saturday at noon," he said. "That's the other thing with our team, the Thursday night with Saturday noon, the consecutive weeks of it."
The UA athletic department honored President Eugene G. Sander and his wife during the first media timeout. The UA's outgoing interim president has served since Aug. 1.
The former football player was given a navy UA football jersey, his wife a white one, by Wildcats athletic director Greg Byrne and deputy Kathleen "Rocky" LaRose.
The Wildcats also put the video camera on former Boston Red Sox manager Terry Francona, a UA alum, who sat courtside.
The big number: 5
Turnovers, and zero assists, for UA freshman point guard Josiah Turner
With two alumni in the NBA's slam dunk contest Saturday night in Orlando, Fla., one would expect the UA coach to be glued to the television.
Chase Budinger and Derrick Williams participated - which was news to Miller after Saturday's game.
"To show you who I am, I didn't know he was in the dunk contest until you just told me," Miller said of Williams. "I'll make sure I watch it."
Utah's Jeremy Evans won the contest. But Budinger got a loud cheer when he donned a Cedric Ceballos Suns jersey and imitated his 1992 blindfolded dunk, completing it with a reverse slam.
The Wildcats wore Nike Hyper Elite Platinum jerseys Saturday, a one-time show of strength, as the shoe giant produced gray uniforms for only the programs that have won a national title under the Swoosh.
Nike displayed a jersey on the McKale concourse, explaining how it was environmentally friendly.
The UA wore matching shooting shirts that said "Arizona" - not, as the jersey said, "Zona" - across the front, with a salute to the 1997 national champs on the back. They had matching gray-and-strawberry shoes and Nike socks.
Even Wilbur wore the jersey - No. 34, for some reason.
Fans were asked to wear cardinal as part of a "Red-Out" and, with few exceptions, did.
Adding to the festivities, the Wildcats honored their five seniors in an emotional postgame ceremony.
And, with about 12 minutes left in the game, the UA honored 21 members of the pep band, cheerleading squad, twirlers and pom line who are graduating.
"It was a slow-paced game. You can't expect to take off. Each possession counts. It's like two possessions."
- UA forward Solomon Hill, on the game