TULSA, Okla. (CBS/AP) — Derrick Williams’ three-point play with 9.6 seconds remaining lifted Arizona to a 70-69 win over Texas in the third round of the NCAA tournament Sunday night.
The Wildcats (29-7) led by as many as 13 points in the first half and were up for most of the game before J’Covan Brown’s jumper put the Longhorns ahead 69-67.
Williams misfired on a game-tying attempt with 14.5 seconds remaining, but Texas (28-8) was called
for a five-second violation on the inbound pass to give Arizona one more chance.
Williams took advantage, slipping to the baseline on a pick-and-roll and taking the pass from Kyle Fogg.
His shot fell through to tie the game, and his free throw put the Wildcats into the regional semifinals for the first time since last year’s absence snapped a 25-year tournament streak.
Williams who played his high school basketball at La Mirada, finished with 17 points.
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