Saturday, January 28, 2012

Wildcats come up short in the White Out, fall to the Huskies 69-67

When these two teams meet up, expect an exciting match-up. Nothing will be more memorable to a Cats fan than the epic block by Derrick Williams that secured the win in last years' White Out, but Cats fans will remember this game for the wrong reasons. It took Arizona a while to start clicking on offense, but they did once Kevin Parrom came into the game with 7 quick points. However, KP would injure his foot and leave the game at the end of the first half, but everyone in McKale was rejuvenated by a monster Solomon Hill put-back dunk at the buzzer. The Cats took a 32-29 lead into the locker room, but the Dawgs showed off their physicality as they muscled there way for offensive rebounds and the lead. The Cats would fall behind by 10 points as the game winded down, taking the crowd out of it. However Solomon Hill led a late rally for the Cats and he eventually tied the game with a trey with only 5.9 seconds left in the game. The Dawgs went up court in a desperate frenzy when CJ Wilcox ran into a set Solomon Hill. The referees hesitated but finally called a blocking foul on Solo. Wilcox would hit the free throws and UDub would go up by 2. Freshmen point guard Josiah Turner would take the ball to the basket with little time left, only to take a hard block by freshmen Tony Wroten. The ball popped out and freshmen guard Nick Johnson cleaned up with a putback jam, but it was 0.2 seconds late and the Huskies hung on for a key win. It's unfortunate to see the Cats get called for the foul after they fought so hard to tie the game. The Cats lose a crucial game on ESPN as they fall short in a game they could've had.