Sunday, January 31, 2010
Nic Wise does it again
By Diamond Leung
Arizona's young players are blossoming under the direction of coach Sean Miller, but when the game is on the line, the Wildcats turn to senior Nic Wise.
Wise, who twice hit buzzer-beaters earlier in the year, scored 30 points on Sunday in a 76-72 win against Cal that pulled the Wildcats into a first-place tie in the Pac-10 with the Bears at the midway point of the conference schedule.
In the closing minute, Wise drew a foul while making the bucket and completed a three-point play with 26.3 seconds left to put Arizona up by two. His two free throws with 10.7 seconds left made it a two-possession game and essentially sealed what had been a back-and-forth game.
Cal (14-7), looking for its first Pac-10 road sweep of the Arizona schools, missed a golden opportunity to separate itself from the rest of the league and add to its résumé with a win at the McKale Center.