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.”


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.


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.


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

Here's what UConn had to say.


Final: UConn 65, Arizona 63. 

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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.



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...


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.


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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