Washington 77, Arizona 75
Date: March 11, 2011
Venue: Staples Center
City: Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES — Isaiah Thomas capped off a sensational Pac-10 Tournament by hitting an 18-foot jumper at the buzzer as the Washington Huskies beat No. 1-seeded Arizona in overtime, 77-75, Saturday afternoon at Staples Center. Arizona’s Kevin Parrom hit a three with 19 seconds left to tie. Thomas, taking his time and controlling the ball the entire possession, worked around the top of the key, faked his defender then rose to the occasion. He had a season-high 28 points and seven assists and was named the Most Outstanding Player of the tournament for the second year in a row. The Huskies, as the No. 3 seed, also won the tournament for the second year in a row and are an automatic entry into the NCAA Tournament.
Star Of The Game
Isaiah Thomas Hit the 18-foot game-winner as time expired for the victory. He had a season-high 28 points and seven assists.
Play of the game
Final shot by Isaiah Thomas, a 18-foot jumper from the left side that went in as the game ended.
Misplay of the game
There was some criticism that UA Coach Sean Miller should have had his players foul in the final seconds of regulation when his team leading by three points. A foul would have put the Huskies at the free-throw line with only a chance at two points.
- Isaiah Thomas Hit the game-winner as time expired, finished with a season-high 28 points and was named Most Outstanding Player for the second year in a row.
- Terrence Ross Had 16 points in a career-high 36 minutes. He hit 7-of-13 from the floor.
- Matthew Bryan-Amaning Struggled with foul trouble, foulling out in OT, and finished with nine points and three rebounds.
- Aziz NDiaye Was active underneath, particularly in the first half. He had four points and seven rebounds.
- Justin Holiday Did not make a point in 31 minutes, but pulled down seven rebounds and had two assists.
- C.J. Wilcox Scored nine points but hit a huge three-pointer – his only one – with seven seconds left in regulation to force the overtime.
- Darnell Gant Led the team with eight rebounds and added six points in his 29 minutes.
- Scott Suggs Five points and two rebounds in 17 minutes.
- Isaiah Thomas Named the tournament Most Outstanding Player for the second year in a row.
- Isaiah Thomas Set the tournament record for assists with 30. The old record was 24 held by three players including OSU’s Gary Payton.
- Terrence Ross Named to the all-tournament team, the only freshman on the six-man team.
- This was the first title game to go into overtime and it was the closest score ever.
It’s a good time for us to be playing together and to be playing right, I know that much. Where we go, we’ll just wait for the call, prepare yourself, then you go.” – UW Coach Lorenzo Romar on gaining a bid into the NCAA Tournament.
- “He’s an all-American. How many players do more for their teams than he does? When he made that shot, that was the 45th minute mark in his third game. That says a lot about who he is as a player.” – Arizona Coach Sean Miller on UW guard Isaiah Thomas.
- “God made the ball go in the hoop.” – UW’s Isaiah Thomas on hitting the game-winning shot that beat Arizona in overtime, 77-75.
- I was going to try to get to the hoop but at the same time I’m not going to force it. I’ve seen guys like Kobe Bryant, Paul Pierce and guys like that always try to get to the elbow, and not settle for the three.” – UW’s Isaiah Thomas thoughts on setting up his game-winning shot.
- Venoy Overton Did not play in the three games because of a suspension for distributing liquor to a minor. He will be back for the NCAA Tournament.
- 3 – Number of times in which the Huskies have played Arizona in the tournament. They have won all three, including two in the title game.
- 6 – Number of assists by Isaiah Thomas beyond the previous record in the tournament. He had 30 overall. The previous mark was 24.
- 8 – Number of consecutive victories for the Huskies in Los Angeles.
- 2 – Number of three seeds to win the tournament, both by the Huskies.
- 3 – Pac-10 Tournaments won by the Huskies.