FINAL SCORE: Arizona 107, Cal 105, 3 OTs: Smith did make the first and miss the second, but Parrom got the rebound and the horn sounded. Arizona (20-4, 9-2) wins its fifth straight and remains in first place. Cal, which has lost twice by two points to the Cats, has its four-game win streak snapped in a 55-minute marathon and falls to 12-10 overall, 6-5 in the Pac-10. Career-high 33 points with 10 rebounds for Kamp, who played every minute. Crabbe scored 27, giving him 44 in two games against Az. Gutierrez had a career-high 25 before fouling out. MoMo Jones had 27 and Kevim Parrom 25 for Arizona, which won despite just 12 points from Derrick Williams, who fouled out near the end of regulation.
0:1.0 3rd OT: Too much to recap right now, but Smith is shooting two FTs for Cal and Arizona leads 107-104. Fogg made one of two FTs with 4.8 seconds left, then Jones smartly fouled Smith 60 feet from the basket. He has to make one and miss the second, then hope something crazy happens.
2:25 3rd OT: Arizona leads 102-101 after a layup by Parrom, who has 23 points. Brandon Smith had just buried a 3-pointer for Cal at the other end, pushing them over the century mark and into a one-point lead.
END OF 2ND OVERTIME: MoMo Jones hit a 20-footer from the top of the key with 5 seconds left to tie it at 98-all. Crabbe wasn’t close on a desperation 28 footer at the buzzer. Jones has 24 for the Cats. We’re going to a third OT.
0:20.7 2nd OT: Crabbe missed an eight-foot runner but Solomon converted the putback and Cal leads 98-95. Monty called timeout. Haas is just north of bonkers.
0:31.0 2nd OT: Cal has the ball leading 96-95. Lavender turned it over at the other end, Solomon picking up the loose ball. Cal timeout.
0:57.5 2nd OT: Cal leads 96-95 after a spinning drive by Kamp who has 30 points. Kevim Parrom hit a 3-pointer for Arizona on the previous possession, putting the Cats ahead 95-94. That came a minute after MoMo Jones was called for his fourth foul when he charged into Brandon Smith. Arizona ball. I could be wrong, but I believe Kamp has played every minute of the game — and we’re closing in on 50.
3:27 2nd OT: Cal leads 91-90 after a putback and FT by Kamp, who has a career-high 26 points. That came after Brandon Lavender hit a 3-pointer with two seconds left on the shot clock, briefly giving Arizona a 90-88 lead. A tremendous game. Let’s play forever!
4:37 2nd OT: Jesse Perry was called for a foul. The PA said it was No. 5, no No. 4, no No. 5. He’s gone. Richard Solomon missed the first FT, made the second. Cal leads 88-87.
SECOND OVERTIME: Arizona missed two shots — 3-point tries by Hill and Jones before Bak finally secured a defensive rebound for Cal as the final seconds ticked off. We play five more minutes. It’s 87-all. An instant classic?
0:36.2 1st OT: Crabbe just scored on a tough shot off a spin drive into the key. Score is tied at 87-all. Crabbe, who had just six at halftime, now has 26, including seven in OT.
1:27 1st OT: Arizona leads 87-85 after two FTs by Crabbe, who has 24 points. Arizona ball. Gutierrez (25), Crabbe (24) and Kamp (23) have combined for 72. MoMo Jones has 19 for Arizona and has made big plays.
2:13 1st OT: Score is 83-83. Have had four lead changes in the period. Gutierrez just fouled out after being called for a charge into MoMo Jones. Bak in for Gutierrez, with Solomon, Kamp, Smith and Crabbe.
END OF REGULATION: Jones tied it with the free throw and Kamp missed a tough shot at the rim in traffic. Jones just inches short on 65-foot heave at the buzzer. We go to overtime. Arizona without Williams, Cal without Sanders-Frison. It’s 76-all.
0:16.6 2nd H: MoMo Jones drives and scored, MSF called for fifth foul. Jones shooting to tie the game. Cal leads 76-75. Bak in for MSF.
0:21.9 2nd H: Smith missed the first, made the second. Cal leads 76-73. Monty calls timeout. Gutierrez has 24, Kamp 20, Crabbe 19. Williams fouled out with 12 points (19 fewer than last time) and 18 rebounds. Arizona ball.
0:21.9 2nd H: Cal leads 75-73. Derrick Williams just fouled out. Smith shooting two. Kamp scored on Cal’s previous possession, then Parrom hit a tough 3-pointer — Arizona’s 11th of the game — to get within two points.
1:30 2nd H: Cal leads 73-70 — best atmosphere of the season. Crabbe has scored Cal’s last two baskets, both on mid-range jumpers. He has 19 and is playing far more aggressively than in the first half.
3:00 2nd H: Cal leads 69-66 after a 3-pointer by Arizona’s Williams, who has 12 points but 17 rebounds. Gutierrez just picked up his fourth PF. He has a career-high 24 points on 8 for 9 shooting. Kamp has 18 points, Crabbe has 15, including nine in the second half. Gutierrez is staying in and MSF is coming back.
4:36 2nd H: MSF picks up fourth foul — out for Bak. Cal’s first second-half sub.
7:36 2nd H: Cal leads 62-61. Had gone 11-0 over 4 minutes before Hill scored on a putback with 7:57 left. Gutierrez got the go-ahead back on a fastbreak layup off an Az turnover, then after another TO, Gutierrez made two FTs. Gutierrez hasn’t missed a shot — 7 for 7 FG, 2 for 2 3-PT, 6 for 6 FT. Kamp has 16 points, Crabbe 13, and Smith has 10 assists. Kamp shooting two.
10:08 2nd H: Cal got within 59-58 on a baseline jumper by Crabbe, who has 13 points. Wth 11:12 left, Arizona’s Solomon Hill was called for an intentional foul for pushing Gutierrez. Crabbe went to the FT line and made the first before the refs waved it off and sent.
Gutierrez to the line. He made both. Gutierrez was called for an intentional foul on the ensuing possession, but Cal forced a 35-second shot clock violation.
11:32 2nd H: Teams traded 3-pointers — first by Az’s Jones, then by Gutierrez, who has 18 points for the second time this week. He is 6 for 6 from the field. Good game.
12:25 2nd H: MSF scored and drew a third foul on Derrick Williams, then picked up his own third foul just now. Arizona leads 56-51. Cal stayed in man defense for just one possession, Back to zone – more important for ever now than MSF has foul problems.
13:55 2nd H: Five new players come in for Arizona. The Cats made four subs earlier in the half. Cal has gone with starters entire half. Does fatigue catch up?
14:25 2nd H: At least for one possession, Cal has switched to man-to-man defense in an apparent attempt to find Arizona’s perimeter shooters, who are 8 for 17 from the 3-point line. We’ll see how long it lasts.
15:07 2nd H: Cal called timeout after Jamelle Horne hit his second wide-open 3-pointer in the span of less than 2 minutes to give Az a 56-47 lead. The Cats are stretching Cal’s zone and finding open shooters. Gutierrez has 15, Kamp 14, Crabbe 11. Smith has nine assists.
17:08 2nd H: Arizona leads 48-45. Crabbe showing more aggressiveness this half. Scored early on a head-fake, driving floater and the FT, then stole the ball and made two FTs after being blasted by MoMo Jones on a foul Monty — and most of the crowd — thought was intentional. Well, it was. Not flagrant, but intentional. Sean Miller unhappy with his Cats, who led by eight 15 seconds into the half and have let Cal come back.
ONE MORE HALFTIME STAT: This one is ghastly, but hardly surprising . . . Arizona’s bench has outscored Cal’s reserves 19-0. That’s 32-4 edge for opposing reserves over the past game-and-a-half.
HALFTIME SCORE: Arizona 44, Cal 38. Monty put MSF back into the game at the last timeout and his presence forced Arzona to pack in their defense just enough that when Gutierrez began to drive he was able to find a wide-open Crabbe for a 3-pointer with 13 seconds left. Gutierrez is 4 for 4 from the field and has 13 points, Kamp has 12 and Smith has eight assists. The Bears didn’t run their offense nearly as well when Sanders-Frison was sitting with two PFs. Cal held Williams to five points, although he has eight rebounds. But Mayes has nine, Jones has seven, Fogg has six — very balanced Az attack. Cal shooting 51.7 percent, Arizona 50 percent. The cats are 6 for 13 from 3-pT, Cal is 4 for 7. Arizona outscoring the Bears 10-4 at the FT line. Rebounds just about even: 16-15 for Az. Cal had just one turnover until the final 3 minutes of the half, then coughed up four.
0:38.3 1st H: A bad final 3 minutes of the half for the Bears. Arizona has run off nine straight po
ints, triggered by consecutive 3-pointers frm Fogg and Parrom. Then a steal by Parrom and layup by Jones for a 44-35 lead.
2:37 1st H: Gutierrez tied the score at 35-all with a steal and breakaway dunk. That came on possession after Crabbe was called for a charge. Crabbe has come out for the first time all game.
3:44 1st H: Arizona leads 35-33. Fogg made three FTs after a hairline call against Kamp to push Az into a four-point lead, then Kamp came back to hit a mid-range jumper. Kamp has 12 points, Gutierrez 11, and Smith eight assists. Bears are shooting 52 percent, Arizona 47.8 percent. Arizona has a 15-12 rebounding edge.
6:57 1st H: CAl leads 31-28 after a 3-pointer by Gutierrez, who has 11. But MSF just picked up his second PF and is coming out for Bak.
8:47 1st H: Cal leads 28-26 and Kamp is going to the FT line to try to complete a 3-point play. He has 10 points. Cal is shooting 11 for 19 — 57.9 percent. Arizona is at 56.3 percent, including four 3-pointers, three of them by freshman Jordin Mayes. Gutierrez has eight points. Smith has seven assists.
OTHER SCORES: Stanford (12-10, 5-6) just finished off Arizona State (9-14, 1-10), winning 83-75 at Maples. Earlier, Oregon (12-11, 5-6) posted an 81-76 win over Washington (15-7, 7-4), handing the Huskies their third straight loss, all on the road. And UCLA (16-7, 7-3) scored a resume-building win outside the Pac-10, beating St. John’s and former Bruins coach Steve Lavin 66-59 at Pauley Pavilion.
15:03 1st H: Another fast start offensively for Cal, which has made five of its first six shots and leads 13-10. The Bears have scored on six consecutive possessions after missing on their first. Gutierrez has four points and two assists. Smith has a 3-pointer and two assists.
STARTING LINEUPS: Cal will go with the usual — Markhuri Sanders-Frison, Harper Kamp, Allen Crabbe, Jorge Gutierrez and Brandon Smith. Arizona will start Derrick Williams, Jesse Perry, Solomon Hill, MoMo Jones and Kyle Fogg.
WELCOME: Cal (13-9, 6-4) closes out its four-game homestand against first-place Arizona (19-4, 8-2). Both teams enter tonight’s game having won four in a row. Will be back with lineups.