UConn game thread

2011-03-26T16:05:00Z 2011-03-26T21:50:21Z UConn game threadBruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star

Some quotes from hallway and locker room interviews:

Sean Miller:

“Losing in this tournament is hard,” Miller said. “When you lose a game to go to the Final Four…it’s a different feeling than if we were going to Houston right now. We had a shot to do it.

“But in time, we’ll reflect back to our great times, great moments, a Pac-10 regular season championship. It’s hard to win a championship. If our season had ended right after that we’d feel really good about our efforts.”

Jamelle Horne:

“I’m just disappointed that last one didn’t go down,” Horne said. “It didn’t work out. It doesn’t always work out and it’s unfortunate.”

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Arizona is planning to hold a welcome back celebration at 11 p.m. at McKale. The Wildcats are expected to return via charter flight at about 9:30 or 10 p.m.

Here's a link to an HTML version of the box score. I've also attached a PDF version to this thread.

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Derrick Williams did not break Steve Kerr's single season three-point percentage record, after all -- because he missed his last shot. Williams finished at 56.8 percent, shy of Kerr's 57.3 mark, and if he had hit his final three, he would have been at 58.3 -- although he'd have to stay above Kerr's mark in the Final Four to take the record.

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Here are is the transcript of podium interviews with Sean Miller, MoMo Jones and Derrick Williams.

Here's what UConn had to say.

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Final: UConn 65, Arizona 63. 

Jamelle Horne and Derrick Williams both missed three-pointers on UA's final possession.

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Jesse Perry slammed down a dunk on an assist from Kyle Fogg on the left side with 7:17 to go, giving UA a 53-52 lead. 

MoMo Jones was so wired into Derrick Williams' face after that one that he practically had to be pulled off the court and into a timeout huddle.

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After Shabazz Napier gave the Huskies their biggest lead of the game, 50-41, UA scored six straight points, getting a reverse layin from MoMo Jones, a steal-and-dunk from Jesse Perry and another dunk from Williams.

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Arizona made it a 9-0 run when Kyle Fogg tied the game briefly with a three-pointer with 15:25 left, while Derrick Williams later scored on the baseline to give UA a 37-36 lead.

But UConn came back with a 7-0 run of its own, capped by a three-pointer from Jeremy Lamb that made it 43-37.

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Jesse Perry and his teammates took advantage of a couple of nice openings inside. Williams passed him the ball from the perimeter for a dunk that made it 34-29 and then Solomon Hill did a short flip to Perry from the left of the basket, and Perry put it in to cut UConn's lead to 34-31 with 17:16 to go.

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Some first-half stats: UA shot 29.7 percent from the field and made only 1 of 11 three-pointers but outrebounded UConn 25-19. Nine Wildcats attempted three-pointers but only (guess who) Derrick Williams made one.

UConn blocked six shots.

Solomon Hill had seven rebounds, six over the first five minutes.

Arizona outscored UConn 16-6 in the paint and had eight second-chance points to UConn's three.

But the stats that hurt the most: Derrick Williams had three fouls and UA had only four bench points.

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Halftime: UConn 32, Arizona 25. Superman is stuck in the booth.

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Williams picks up foul No. 3 in almost no time, whistled for what appeared to be unnecessary contact. He's back on the bench, probably for the rest of the half.

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Derrick Williams is checking back in with 6:19 to go, having sat out just over four minutes after picking up his second foul midway through the half.

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UConn's Shabazz Napier gave the Huskies their first lead, 19-18 with 7:43 to go after he nailed a three-pointer and then, on UA's ensuing possession, stole the ball near midcourt from MoMo Jones and took it in for a layup.

Arizona had led by up to eight points earlier in the half.

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Jordin Mayes broke a string of 10 straight three-pointers made with a miss at the 13:29 mark.

UA is making only 35 percent of its shots through the first nine minutes but UConn is just 2 of 10 and UA is still hammering the Huskies on the boards with a 15-7 advantage.

 

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UA held UConn without a field goal for the first four and half minutes and held a 11-5 lead at the first media timeout (15:00).

UA has a 10-4 rebounding edge, with Solomon Hill grabbing six of them.

That's more than a rebound per minute...

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Probably 75-80 percent UA fans in the house. The restaurants leading up Katella en route to the Honda Center were packed with red and blue.

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Arizona entered the game 0-4 against Connecticut and has lost its last two NCAA regional finals: To Illinois in 2005 and to Kansas in 2003. The 78-75 loss to Kansas came in the same Anaheim arena, then known as the Pond.

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