Cal postgame notes: Mayes hurts foot again

2012-02-03T01:31:00Z 2012-03-13T13:36:49Z Cal postgame notes: Mayes hurts foot againBruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star

BERKELEY, Calif. -- Jordin Mayes will have his left foot X-rayed later today, and coach Sean Miller was not feeling too good about his prospects after the Wildcats beat California on Thursday.

"We might have lost Jordin Mayes for the year tonight," Miller said. "If that's the case then we'll take that and keep moving forward. ...

"There's a chance that he broke it. There's also a chance that it's not broken. I don't know if it's one or the other. Just based on his history we're not optimistic."

Mayes started feeling pain in his left foot during the NCAA tournament last spring and sat out after the season initially. But after he returned to play on it in June, he broke it again and had to have surgery. Mayes did not miss any time this season but did miss substantial off-season work.

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It was Thursday, so apparently it was time for another dust-up involving the Wildcats.

This time, however, officials didn't call anything after reviewing an incident between UA assistant coach Joe Pasternack and Cal guard Jorge Gutierrez.

Miller, who exchanged words with Gutierrez after the collision, said he didn't know what exactly happened.

The way Cal forward Harper Kamp explained it, however, Pasternack initiated it.

"I didn't see what happened," Kamp said. Gutierrez "felt coach P said something and extended his leg and tried to kick him. Something like that. I know they are both passionate guys."

But Cal play-by-play man Roxy Bernstein, Pasternack's brother-in-law, said via Twitter that Pasternack wouldn't have made deliberate contact.

Arizona had players ejected during three previous Thursday games, upsetting Miller in particular because of how often officials went to the monitors to review plays, but ultimately had no reason to worry this time.

"I'm glad they went to the monitor because our streak's alive," Miller said sarcastically. "I think that's 15 consecutive games now (they've reviewed plays). I was worried about Joe, that they were going to eject him, but I'm glad. God forbid if they would have ejected someone else on the other team."

Kamp, incidentally, was recruited by Pasternack for Cal when Pasternack was an assistant coach for the Bears under Ben Braun.

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Kyle Fogg not only responded Thursday after having a tough game last Saturday against Washington, with 23 points and solid defense on Cal's Allen Crabbe, but he also did it all while playing 36 minutes.

It's a load he might as well get used to, without Kevin Parrom around and possibly Mayes.

"He's always been very important to us," Miller said of Fogg. "He played more minutes tonight because of how well he was playing and also because we don't have Kevin Parrom to come in and sub. So our bench is thinned out. There's a lot of guys who are going to get more of an opportunity."

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Another player who excelled with more opportunity: Freshman forward Angelo Chol, who had eight points, four rebounds and two blocks in 16 minutes.

Miller has been hoping to play Chol more in order to allow Jesse Perry to move to power forward and Solomon Hill to small forward without Parrom around. It turned out Thursday that Hill was limited to 30 minutes in part because of foul trouble.

"He has a lot of ability," Miller said of Chol. "He gives us a bigger physical presence and it's something we've missed. He filled that void for us tonight."

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Both Chol and guard Nick Johnson (11 points, five assists) played with more confidence and assertiveness in what could be an intimidating environment: Cal was 14-0 at home this season.

But the Wildcats are 4-3 on the road, and the losses include a one-point game at Colorado and an overtime game at Florida.

"We've played well on the road. We have," Miller said. "Today was the exacty same game as at Florida - it's just that Florida made a couple of plays and we didn't.

"Now we've gotten a split on each of our Pac-12 road trips and (Colorado) was one of our better efforts. But we were 3 for 20 from three in that game so you think about the chances of winning when you're 3 for 20. But (Thursday's game) was a good, hard fought win. I'm proud of our team."

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Our coverage today: A game story, notes, Greg Hansen's column and a photo gallery (which includes a shot of the Gutierrez incident).

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Here's a link to the official box score.

 

 

 

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