Richard Solomon knows he may have gotten away with a moving screen when he freed up Justin Cobbs for his game-winning shot that beat then-No. 1 and undefeated Arizona.
“Just a little jump in there,” Solomon said of the screen that allowed Cobbs to escape the defense of Nick Johnson. “Personally, I thought they were going to call a moving screen . . . I thought they were going to call something.”
A replay shows that Solomon moved to his right slightly and never was entirely set.
“I watched it a few times,” Solomon said. “I loved the screen. The screen got him a little bit open and his man switched off.”
From there, Cobbs dribbled toward 7-footer Kaleb Tarczewski, made a hard step-back move to his left and released his fall-away shot with 0.9 seconds left that gave Cal a 60-58 victory Saturday night — its first ever over a No. 1 team on its home floor.
Solomon acknowledged it was a play that might have drawn a whistle earlier in the game.
“Just because it was the end of the game,” he said, “you’d hate for that to be the final call.”
Said Cobbs, “Richard gets the assist for the night.”
With the score tied, Cobbs still needed to make the shot over the outstretched hands of a big man in good position.
“It was contested, but those are sometimes the easier shots to make when you you know you have to shoot it,” Cobbs said. “There’s no consequence if you make or miss. We weren’t going to lose. We were going into overtime.
“My confidence has been high for a while now. In those moments, I always want the ball in my hands. I was just blessed and fortunate the ball went in.”
Cobbs said he gave no thought to passing the ball on the final play.
Solomon endorsed that decision. “He has to shoot that ball.”