Wildcat guards struggle in victory

2010-11-19T00:00:00Z 2012-11-30T19:34:06Z Wildcat guards struggle in victoryPatrick Finley Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
November 19, 2010 12:00 am  • 

The Arizona Wildcats' starting point guard had a dull edge, and their top shooting guard couldn't.

If not for Derrick Williams' 27 points and 14 rebounds in an 83-57 win Thursday over New Mexico State, the play of guards MoMo Jones and Kyle Fogg might be a bigger story.

"You could make the argument," UA coach Sean Miller said, "that it's really hard to win when your starting 'two' guard and point guard were 2 for 14."

It is, but they did.

Jones and Fogg turned in matching 1-for-7 lines from the field.

Jones, a sophomore, made a layup and a free throw to finish with three points.

Fogg, a junior, landed a three-pointer with 4:49 to play - the first field goal by a starting UA guard - and added a free throw to total four points.

"Last year, missing all those shots, I would have just crumbled," Fogg said. "But this year, I try to look at other ways I can affect the game - just penetrating and finding D-Will helped the team win.

"That's all I'm trying to do here."

Fogg found Williams with a couple of no-look passes, and Jones finished with five assists.

No New Mexico State guard scored in double figures.

"This game is played on both sides of the court," Aggies coach Marvin Menzies said. "I thought their guards did great."

NMSU forward Troy Gillenwater, who led his team with 25 points, said that "just because they didn't score doesn't necessarily mean they didn't play well."

But at a school with a history of masterful guard play, the shooting numbers have to be disconcerting.

Jones has made 3 of 12 field goal attempts all season. His 4.5 points per game trail little-used center Kyryl Natyazhko.

"I think MoMo's a better shooter than he's shown so far," Miller said. "What we don't want to do is have that be how he's defined.

"He's a good defensive player. We're counting on him to get better. In transition, we're counting on him to make better plays."

Miller cited Boston Celtics' Rajon Rondo, a star despite his career 48.8 percent shooting and 24.9 percent three-point mark.

Rondo's speed, defense and court vision - he's averaging 14.9 assists this season - make up for it.

"I know that MoMo is not Rondo," he said. "But you can see there are a lot of things you can do to help your team win if you're not a good shooter."

Fogg admitted that he "couldn't hit anything," Thursday but that Williams' play helped ease the pain.

"He dunked the ball," Fogg said, "every time I passed it to him."

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Pac-12 basketball standings

  Conference Overall
Team W L T PCT W L T PCT
Arizona 0 0 0 0.000 11 0 0 1.000
California 0 0 0 0.000 9 1 0 0.900
Washington 0 0 0 0.000 8 0 0 1.000
UCLA 0 0 0 0.000 8 3 0 0.727
Oregon State 0 0 0 0.000 7 2 0 0.778
Utah 0 0 0 0.000 7 2 0 0.778
Arizona State 0 0 0 0.000 6 4 0 0.600
Stanford 0 0 0 0.000 6 2 0 0.750
Oregon 0 0 0 0.000 6 3 0 0.667
Colorado 0 0 0 0.000 6 3 0 0.667
USC 0 0 0 0.000 6 4 0 0.600
Washington State 0 0 0 0.000 4 6 0 0.400

AP Top 25


Pac-12 basketball schedule

Teams Date Time
Loyola Marymount at
Stanford
12/17 58-67
Grambling at
Washington
12/17 58-67
DePaul at
Oregon State
12/18 8:00 pm
Eastern Washington at
California
12/19 8:00 pm
Arizona at
UTEP
12/19 9:00 pm
Delaware State at
Oregon
12/20 1:00 pm
Lehigh at
Arizona State
12/20 7:00 pm
Oklahoma at
Washington
12/20 7:00 pm
USC at
Boston College
12/21 2:00 pm
DePaul at
Colorado
12/22 2:30 pm
UC-Santa Barbara at
Oregon
12/22 7:00 pm
Tulane at
Washington
12/22 9:00 pm
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