Dec. 8, 2010
Tucson, Ariz. -
Derrick Williams had a double-double with 22 points and 10 rebounds and scored five key unanswered points Wednesday night as Arizona held off Cal State Fullerton, 73-62, for a non-conference win.
Devon Peltier led the Titans (3-6) with 19 points while Orane Chin had 14 and Jer'Vaughn Johnson tallied 13. Point guard Perry Webster had 5 points and led his team with both 6 assists and 5 rebounds. The Wildcats improved to 8-1 with Kevin Parrom coming off the bench for a career-high 14 points.
Fullerton trailed only 62-56 with 6:30 remaining after a dunk off a lob pass by Chin. But the 6-foot-9 Williams dunked on an offensive rebound and then converted a 3-point play off a loose ball to restore the lead to double digits for good at 67-56. He was held to 6 points in the first half but scored 16 after intermission.
Arizona now leads the series, 4-1, with all five games played in Tucson. The Wildcats are off to their best start since 2003-04 and were averaging 85 points per home game, winning all five by an average of 30 points.
Fullerton shot 53 percent from the floor in the second half to keep Arizona in range after a 34-24 UofA first-head lead. The Titans trailed by as many as 15 points at 42-27 and got as close as 5 points at 53-48 at 11:32 after a Peltier jumper.
Williams, who has led the Wildcats in scoring in every game and averages 20 points, led the UofA to a 37-24 edge on the backboards. But Arizona shot only 45 percent from the floor and only 32 percent (8 of 25) from the 3-point line. Fullerton finished at 48 percent from the floor and was 7-for-13 (54 percent) from both the 3-point line and the foul line.
Fullerton plays its eighth game of the season away from Titan Gym Sunday afternoon at Portland State.