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Williams' block seals Arizona's win

Posted on: March 18, 2011 6:02 pm
Edited on: March 18, 2011 6:32 pm

Posted by Jeff Borzello

The highlight reel for Thursday and Friday's action is sure to be filled with buzzer shots and game-winning shot, but Arizona's Derrick Williams made his own lasting memory at the end of the Wildcats' win against Memphis on Friday.

With Arizona leading by two with five seconds left, Memphis guard Joe Jackson missed a free throw. Forward Wesley Witherspoon grabbed the offensive rebound and seemed to have an opening at the rim. However, Williams came out of nowhere to send Witherspoon’s attempt the other way.

The block preserved Arizona’s two-point lead, helping the Wildcats pull out a 77-75 win.

There is some controversy surrounding the block, as an argument has been made that Witherspoon was fouled on the final play. He took a bump from Jamelle Horne immediately after the rebound and then had some body contact with Williams. Interestingly, Tim Burr -- the same referee at the center of the Big East tournament fiasco -- was the referee standing under the basket, just a few feet from the play. As he did in the St. John's vs. Rutgers game, Burr didn't blow the whistle. In this case, though, I think Burr was right.

For what it’s worth, Williams also had 22 points and 10 rebounds. He was 9-for-9 from the free-throw line and hit the go-ahead 3-point with 3:51 remaining to put Arizona up 68-65. Despite his offensive prowess, it was his one block that has Arizona in the round of 32. 

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