Arizona came out flat and had to come back late in a 64-61 win over California. Here's a closer look at what happened:
Player of the Game:
Gabe York - The senior had one of the most important games of his career against California and did it all in the second half. York scored all 19 of his points after halftime, helping Arizona rally from an eight-point deficit in the final two minutes of the game with two clutch three-pointers. The shooting guard also played solid defense for a majority of the game, leading his team to victory.
* It took an entire half of basketball, but Arizona finally kicked it in gear after coming out of the locker room for the second half. York scored six of the Wildcats' first eight points and Arizona was able to pull ahead 33-31 and force the Golden Bears to call a timeout.
* The game came down to the wire with both teams struggling to score a majority of the night. With four minutes left in the game, Jordan Matthews got Allonzo Trier to bite on a pump fake and stepped past him for an easy jumper. The shot gave Cal a 51-49 lead heading into the final media timeout. Ryan Anderson only got one of two free throws and Ivan Rabb nailed a dagger three-pointer on the other end to give Cal a 54-50 lead.
* The Wildcats seemed to be on the ropes, trailing 56-50 after a pair of California free throws, but York came alive, hitting his first three pointer of the night to pull Arizona within three with just under three minutes to go in the game. Matthews almost immediately answered with a three of his own and a Tyrone Wallace steal and layup put the Golden Bears up eight.
* When all hope seemed lost, the Wildcats got a three point play from Anderson, forced a turnover, and had York hit a fadeaway long ball off a screen. The effort was good enough to pull the California lead down to two with 50 seconds left in the game. Jaylen Brown was called for a charge in the key and the Wildcats got the ball back with 30 second left on the clock. York took a back screen, got free and sunk a three-pointer to give Arizona the final lead of the night.
Stat of the Game:
28 - Arizona struggled mightily to contain California on the boards throughout the night. The Golden Bears outrebounded the Wildcats 44-31, but more importantly pulled down 18 offensive rebounds. Grabbing so many offensive rebounds had its advatages as California scored 28 of its 61 points after an offensive rebound.
"York was red hot off of screens without the ball, so we stayed in that mode," Miller said. "On senior weekend I think you need to go with Gabe York and we did."
"A very hostile team that we lost to last time and I lost the game winning shot," York said. "I had a little bit of a chip on my shoulder coming into this game."