Arizona went to Gainesville and took No. 12 Arizona to overtime, thanks to three clutch free throws from Solomon Hill. But the Wildcats couldn't finish in overtime. Arizona was playing without freshman phenom Josiah Turner, who was suspended by head coach Sean Miller. Sure they missed his athleticism and his ability to get to the bucket, and fellow freshman Nick Johnson, who was forced to play out of position, but they didn't miss Turner dominating the ball and making poor decisions.
But there was much more to it than just Turner's absence, for what UA coach Sean Miller said was a "cumulative" penalty involving his efforts, that kept the Wildcats (6-3) from the win.
A basket here, a rebound there or just a little better ballhandling, and Arizona could have upset the 12th ranked team in the country on its home floor.
With a new starting lineup that featured Kevin Parrom, who responded with a season-high 13 points, the Wildcats had already exorcised their slow-start demons while trailing by no more than seven points in the first half. They led by one at halftime and by up to seven in the second half.
"Even without Josiah we still should have won that game," guard Kyle Fogg said.
Reggie Moore, who's had his ups and downs this season already, bailed the Cougs out of a possibly going to overtime and a potential awful loss, by drilling a last-second jumpshot in a 66-64 win over Idaho in Pullman.
With the score tied at 64 following Landon Tatum’s 5-foot jumper over Moore with 23.5 seconds left, WSU coach Ken Bone called time out.
“We tried to run a (play) and DaVonté (Lacy) got it … and he made the right decision,” Bone said. “Nothing was there so he got it back to Reggie, they cleared out of the way and let Reggie make a play.”
The junior, in the midst of his most aggressive offensive game of the season, did just that.
“I was open and Charlie (Enquist) hit me,” Moore said, “and I think I took one or two dribbles left and I just pulled up.”
Despite Deremy Geiger’s best defensive efforts, Moore’s jumper fell through as the clock expired.
“I felt like we had that shot pretty well guarded,” Idaho coach Don Verlin said, adding he was actually worried Geiger had fouled Moore.Over in Tempe, Deonte Burton continued to torment opponents, scoring 28 points in Nevada's 69-61 win over Arizona State.
"I thought our shot selection was as bad as it's been all year," ASU coach Herb Sendek said. "I don't think we played inspired basketball and I don't think we played smart basketball."
Sendek wasn't done.
"I was really, really encouraged after the Tulsa (win Saturday)," he said. "Let me tell you something, we beat a good team on the road, which is not easy to do. But as good as we were Saturday we were that much worse today."
ASU had 16 turnovers, 10 coming in the second half.
"I've seen dodgeball games in gym class where they've taken better care of the ball," Sendek said.
- Cal rolled to a ridiculous easy 81-36 win over San Jose State. The Bears jumped out to a paltry 41-15 halftime lead.
- Utah was on the opposite end of one of those games, losing 81-50 to Cal State Fullerton. It was the worst loss in Huntsman Center history. The Utes played without point guard Jiggy Watkins, who was suspended for the game after showing up late to practice. Not like he would have really helped in that kind of a loss.
- Colorado improved to 5-3 with a win over Fresno State.