Jan. 7, 2011
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Derrick Williams scored a career-high 31 points, 19 in the second half, and Arizona rallied from a nine-point deficit to escape with a 73-71 victory over California on Thursday night.Four Golden Bears reached double figures in scoring, including freshman Allen Crabbe's team-high 17, 15 of which came in the first half.
After trailing by 10 early in the first half, Cal bounced back to take a one-point lead at the half. Junior guard Jorge Gutierrez was fouled with less than a second remaining in the half, and both of his converted free throw attempts put the Bears in the lead going into the half.
The Bears stayed on fire at the outset of the second half, pushing their lead to nine in the first three minutes.
Arizona regained the lead with less than four minutes left in the game. Williams went to the free throw line 15 times in the second half to help the Wildcats slowly creep back into the game. Williams also grabbed 12 rebounds and broke his school record for free throw attempts, going 16 of 22 for the game.With a minute remaining in the contest, Arizona's Kyle Fogg nailed a three-pointer to push the Wildcat lead to six. Junior forward Harper Kamp responded with a basket and a foul, and converted on the free throw attempt, to keep Cal in the game.
Down 70-67, Cal had a chance to tie the game when Arizona's Kevin Parrom fouled Crabbe on a 3-point attempt with 33.5 seconds to play. But Crabbe, an 83-percent free-throw shooter, missed one of the three.
Crabbe led the Bears (7-7, 0-2) with 17 points. Gutierrez added 14 points and four steals. Fourteen of Gutierrez's family members made the 12-hour drive from Chihuahua, Mexico, to see him, for the first time, play for Cal.
Lamont "Momo" Jones and Jamelle Horne each scored 10 points for Arizona (13-3, 2-1).