Pac-12 basketball Notebook: Utah's DuBois makes most of second shot

2013-03-15T00:00:00Z Pac-12 basketball Notebook: Utah's DuBois makes most of second shotPatrick Finley Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
March 15, 2013 12:00 am  • 

LAS VEGAS - Jarred DuBois missed two three-pointers in the final seven seconds Jan. 5 at McKale Center. One would have taken the lead. The other would have tied the game at the buzzer.

"I felt like I didn't follow through on that shot," Utah's senior guard said Thursday night, recalling the buzzer-beating attempt two months ago. "I kinda short-armed it.

"I said, 'If I get in that situation again, I'll do my best to make it.'"

He got that chance Thursday, and this time came through.

With four seconds left in regulation in the Pac-12 tournament quarterfinal against Cal, DuBois nailed a three-pointer from the same spot - "Almost a mirror image," he said - to tie the game and force overtime.

DuBois' three, over a 6-foot-10-inch player, spurred the electrified Utes to a 79-69 overtime win against No. 2 seed Cal.

"I'm a firm believer in the basketball gods," Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak said.

The No. 10 seeded Utes (15-17), winners of four straight, can reach their first Pac-12 tournament final by beating Oregon at 8:30 tonight.

The Utes made it dramatic.

With 18 seconds to play in regulation and trailing by three, Utah forward Jordan Loveridge was fouled while shooting a three.

"Kicked his foot up," Cal coach Mike Montgomery said. "He didn't foul him."

Loveridge, who had 20 points, made the first two shots. After a Cal timeout, he missed the third.

Pac-12 Player of the Year Allen Crabbe got the rebound and was fouled, making two free throws to make it a three-point lead again.

In retrospect, Montgomery said, Cal (20-11) should have fouled Utah rather than give DuBois - who finished with a team-high 21 points - a contested look to tie the game.

"When it went into overtime, their confidence went sky-high," Montgomery said, "and I think our chin went to our chest."

The Utes outscored Cal, 20-10, in the extra frame, led by eight points apiece from Loveridge and Jason Washburn. The senior forward had 18 points.

Krystkowiak praised Loveridge, and called it "a little bit of a coach's dream" that the forward didn't even receive an honorable mention nod in the conference's annual awards voting.

"I think that's kinda what we're seeing now, is (him) trying to prove some people wrong," the coach said.

Ducks top Huskies in OT

Arsalan Kazemi scored 11 points in overtime to lead the No. 3-seeded Oregon Ducks to a 80-77 victory against No. 6 Washington in Thursday's late game.

The Rice transfer's hot streak - which featured two layups and a dunk in overtime - was surprising, given that he had scored only three points in regulation.

The Huskies had a chance to win in regulation.

Wing C.J. Wilcox tied the game at 62 with 1:48 to play, and then gave his team a two-point lead when he hit a jumper about a minute later.

Oregon's Johnathan Loyd missed a three with about 25 seconds left, but the Ducks kept the ball when Washington hit it out of bounds. Loyd was fouled by Abdul Gaddy, though, with 16 seconds left, and made both free throws to send the game into overtime.

Rim shots

• Both Cal and Colorado said they were worthy of NCAA tournament inclusion.

The 21-11 Buffaloes have an RPI of 36. Cal, which tied for second in league play, is at 49.

"I think, when you look at it, our strength of schedule - nonconference, obviously, and we played in a heckuva league," said CU coach Tad Boyle, who added that the Buffaloes played a league-low 15 home games.

Forward Andre Roberson, the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year, said "I feel like we did enough" to get in.

Montgomery was more sarcastic when asked the same.

"I'll give you my stock answer, as if my opinion means anything to anybody," he said. "But the answer to your question is, yes."

• Utah is the first No. 10 seed in Pac-12 tournament history to win two games.

• The most spectacular dunk of the day came by UCLA's Shabazz Muhammad, on a fast break, over 7-foot-2 ASU center Jordan Bachynski.

"Kinda fired his teammates up," Bruins coach Ben Howland said.

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