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February 20, 2011 at 10:23 AM

Poll question: Goaltending or good block?

Photo credits: Arizona Daily Star – Mamta Popat
Take a look at the picture (above) and watch the replay (below). You make the call. Goaltending or not?
Washington junior Darnell Gant (above, middle) takes an inbound pass from Justin Holiday and goes up for a short jumper. As the ball reaches its apex, Arizona sophomore Derrick Williams (above, left) rises high with his bandaged right hand and swats the potential game-winning shot into the stands with less than a second remaining.
But was it a legal block?
Of course it doesn’t really matter now. And as coach Lorenzo Romar said, Washington’s 87-86 defeat at No. 12 Arizona isn’t going to change.
“I don’t know if it was goaltending or not,” Romar said. “I can’t wait to look at it on film. If I thought it woudl change the matter, I would be looking at it right now. But it’s not going to change anything whether it was or it wasn’t.”
Still in a game filled with fantastic plays, Williams’ block was the defining moment perhaps because there was an element of uncertainty as to whether the officials would blow their whistles.
Some believe the refs blew the call. Others disagree.
Here’s what the key participants of the play said.
Williams: “Coach (Sean Miller) was like if they get close to the basket, don’t foul. Tehre was like three seconds left. He was just like they are going to shoot it. Be ready to get the rebound and try to block it and it was going up so just try to block it and I did.
“When I was going up that’s when he released the ball. I just tapped it perfectly and luckily they didn’t call goaltending. I believe if we were at Washington they might have called it goaltending, but good thing we were at home.”
Gant: “I thought it was goal tending. I thought I got it up before he could get there. I thought the ball was coming down, but (the officials) called it the other way.”
Now you make the call.

Did Arizona’s Derrick Williams make a clean block in the final seconds or was it goaltending?online surveys

— Let’s start the links with our game story and the gamer from the News Tribune.
Jerry Brewer writes: “For once, a Washington team that has trouble in crunch time executed well at the end. Still, it lost.”
— Here’s a look at the Pac-10 standings.
— Arizona’s Derrick Williams gave a performance that likely guaranteed he’ll win the Pac-10 Player of the Year award. Everybody will remember his game-saving block in the final second, but his three-pointer on the baseline was just as impressive.
More love for Williams from ESPN blogger Ted Miller.
— AOL FanHouse’s Terrance Harris writes Arizona has returned to prominence sooner than expected.
Klay Thompson is junior and Washington State’s most important player. He should know better than to arrive late for the team bus. He did that last year and was benched before a loss. Well it happened again Saturday. Thompson was late. He was benched and the Cougars lost 71-69 at Arizona State. WSU is eliminated from the Pac-10 title race.
— Washington plays a nonconference game against Seattle University Tuesday at KeyArena. The Redhawks won 60-48 at Northern Illinois on Saturday.
— Oregon crushed Oregon State 82-63 and the Ducks moved into a fourth-place tie with USC in the conference standings.
— It was a big game for Oregon’s Jay-R Stowbridge who scored a career-high 26 points.
— You just knew Arizona State wasn’t going to lose every Pac-10 game at home. It was only a matter of time before they got the first conference win at home and it came Saturday at WSU’s expense.
— Will wonders never cease? The shorthanded USC Trojans won a game on Saturday. It hasn’t happened in over a month. Normally USC struggles with a quick turnaround because its numbers are low, but powered by a dominant effort from its front line the Trojans won at Stanford 69-53.
— Cardinal forward Jeremy Green entered Saturday’s game with a five-game streak of scoring at least 20 points. He had 11 against USC thanks to defensive specialist Marcus Simmons.
— There’s some who believe the Pac-10 will make a strong showing in the NCAA tournament.



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