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Long time since such a long one

Wildcats' last game to go 3 overtimes came in 1972-73
2011-02-06T00:00:00Z 2014-07-24T09:55:33Z Long time since such a long oneBruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
February 06, 2011 12:00 am  • 

BERKELEY, Calif. - Arizona played its first triple-overtime game Saturday since 1972-73, and the Wildcats hadn't even had an overtime game this season.

Before they played California on Saturday, the Wildcats had not been in an overtime game all season and they had been involved in only three games decided by four points or fewer.

Arizona is 7-2 in games decided by 10 points or fewer.

The Cats were last in a double-overtime game when they beat USC 86-84 in their regular-season finale at McKale Center last season. Outgoing senior Nic Wise won that game with a layup.

"We had so many chances to end it earlier," Wise said after the game. "But I guess when something like this happens, it goes to show you that everything happens for a reason."

Not a secret

Derrick Williams may not have hit the Top 100 recruiting boards out of La Mirada High School, but that doesn't mean nobody knew what he was capable of.

Not long after he took the Cal job in 2008, Mike Montgomery said he was told about Williams, then a junior.

"Somebody said he's the best player in California. I said really?" Montgomery said. "He was really good and now he's that much better. He's very explosive. His first step is phenomenal, he has great body control and he can score, so … you've gotta take away his angles the best you can. He's just hard to get square."

Young-old veteran

When UA coach Sean Miller talks about the Wildcats' lack of maturity, he knows part of it is inevitable.

The Wildcats have no senior starters and their oldest returning starter, Kyle Fogg, has played for Miller for less than two seasons.

Fogg has "really settled in and done a great job," Miller said. "But again with Kyle, you kind of sense he's young to all of this because he's only in his second year with our staff."

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