Seen and heard at Arizona-Oakland game

2011-12-21T00:00:00Z 2011-12-21T00:08:20Z Seen and heard at Arizona-Oakland game Arizona Daily Star
December 21, 2011 12:00 am

Focus

Winter break might present a unique challenge - staying focused while, in most cases, traveling home for the holidays.

Still, it's better than the alternative.

After finishing finals last week, the Arizona Wildcats don't have to go back to class until Jan. 11.

"A lot more free time," guard Kyle Fogg said. "You can get extra treatment if you need it, you can rest more. You can just focus on basketball."

The Wildcats will play four games before returning to school - Thursday against Bryant, and then conference games against Arizona State, USC and UCLA.

"We all came here to play basketball," Fogg said. "And that's what we can really focus on doing during winter break."

LLP

Laval Lucas-Perry tried to treat Tuesday night's game like any other, but it was difficult.

The former Arizona Wildcats guard made his first start for Oakland, his third college, on his former home court.

During player introductions, he received a loud ovation from UA fans.

"We just had to take it like another away game," he said. "It was emotional for me, because I played here as a freshman."

Lucas-Perry made 2 of 5 shots, but 7 of 10 free throws, to finish with 11 points.

He had five rebounds and one assist.

"It was fine," he said. "My shots weren't falling. But it's a great tradition, and it feels good to be a part of history."

The big number

80

The Wildcats eclipsed 80 points at home for the first time this season, kicking in two free tacos for every fan in attendance.

Mr. 1,000

With the second of two made free throws early in Tuesday night's game, senior guard Kyle Fogg reached the 1,000-point mark in his career.

Fogg became the 46th player in UA history to do so and later passed Wildcats radio color commentator Matt Muehlebach, who scored 1,008 career points.

Fogg's next target? Joe Skaisgi and Albert Johnson, who each scored 1,034 for the Wildcats during their careers.

Fogg said the milestone "hadn't really sunk in" after the game.

"Looking back on it after the season, it will be great," Fogg said.

Quotable

"The way our team is built, you never know who is going to be hot."

Solomon Hill, who scored a career-high 23 points

Announcers

Francisco Romero, the Wildcats' Spanish-language radio play-by-play voice, pointed out an interesting fact about those in attendance Tuesday night.

Three of the 13,735 fans were major-league baseball announcers.

Romero is the Houston Astros' Spanish play-by-play radio voice. Former Tucson Sidewinders voice Brett Dolan, who now calls Astros games in English, was at McKale Center, too.

And Oakland play-by-play voice Mario Impemba calls Tigers games for Fox Sports Detroit.

Another big number

478

Wins by Greg Kampe at Oakland, the fifth-most by any active coach at one school. In his 28th year with the Golden Grizzlies, he trails only Syracuse's Jim Boeheim, Sacred Heart's Dave Bike, Duke's Mike Krzyzewski and Troy's Don Maestri.

She got game

The most accomplished player on Oakland's bench might be its director of basketball operations.

Sarah Judd, one of the few female operations directors in the men's game, if the fifth-leading scorer in the history of the Golden Grizzlies' women's program.

She holds the school record for blocked shots, too.

Judd is considered maybe the best Oakland female athlete of the Div. I-A era.

She led her team to their first-ever NCAA tournament appearance in 2002 and graduated in 2003.

She has served as the operations director for six years.

Another quotable

"That is a very talented team, and they were better than us tonight."

Oakland coach Greg Kampe

Patrick Finley

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