LOS ANGELES - Guard MoMo Jones sat out Saturday's game for disciplinary reasons, but the Arizona freshman is expected to return Friday at home against Washington State.
Jones was suspended for what Arizona officially termed "team policy issues," suggesting it was attitude-related.
"It was just a team issue," UA coach Sean Miller said. "He learned a lesson and hopefully when we get back to Tucson we can move forward."
Jones is averaging 5.2 points and 1.5 rebounds, playing an average of 20.5 minutes in 13 games. But after hitting three three-pointers in UA's Dec. 21 overtime win over Lipscomb, Jones has struggled.
In his last three games, Jones was 3 of 11 from the field for six points. At USC on Thursday, he was 1 of 3 with two points, three turnovers and no assists.
It was the first time Miller has suspended one of his UA players for a game.
Feels like home
Because of Saturday's 10 a.m. start, the Wildcats did not have to rush to catch an airplane home after a 77-63 win over UCLA. Coaches let them hold a virtual party for friends and family outside their Pauley Pavilion locker room for nearly an hour.
Solomon Hill of nearby Fairfax High School held court with friends and coaches, while fellow Los Angeles-area teammates Kyle Fogg and Derrick Williams estimated they had about 30 friends and family each on hand.
"It was good to see everyone," said Williams, of La Mirada High.
For the affable Fogg, of course, any game in Southern California is likely to draw a crowd. Even after the Wildcats suffered a 63-46 loss at San Diego State on Dec. 12, he was seen walking up and down the stands to exchange hugs and handshakes.
"I had such good friends from high school, driving a couple of hours down there," said Fogg, a Brea Olinda High School grad. "It definitely means a lot that they come to support me."
Worth the effort
Trainer Justin Kokoskie is the only UA basketball staffer remaining from 2003-04, when Andre Iguodala last played for the Wildcats. But the connection was enough to result in a brief reunion Saturday for the NBA star.
Iguodala's 76ers, who played the Clippers here Thursday, had little time to return to Philadelphia for New Year's weekend with a game at Denver on Sunday. Kokoskie said he kept in touch via cell phone with Iguodala over the weekend but that the Sixers' practice times kept Iguodala from attending either Friday's UA practice or Saturday's game.
Finally, just after the Cats had finished beating UCLA, Iguodala walked in to visit briefly with UA players and Miller, whom Iguodala met at UA's Lute Olson celebration last August.
Iguodala, who is averaging 18.8 points and 6.8 rebounds a game for the 76ers, has only been able to see a few UA games on TV.
"I saw Nic (Wise) make a few big shots," he said. "They're going to be good. They've just got a lot of young guys."
• Miller said Arizona would likely begin "working in" their red road uniforms now that they have won in blue for the first time in five tries this season. The Cats lost to Wisconsin in Maui, and at Oklahoma, San Diego State and USC in blue uniforms.
• Jamelle Horne went 4 of 8 from three-point range to improve his long-range percentage to 42.4. He has the most threes on the team, while Fogg has the highest percentage with 54.5 percent (18 for 33). "They told me coming into the season that I'd be taking a lot of three-point shots," Horne said.
• Williams tied his season high in rebounds (nine) for the fourth time this season.