Stoudamire’s late shot gives ‘Zona Pac-10 title, Olson milestone win
=== Stoudamire’s late shot gives ‘Zona Pac-10 title, Olson milestone win ===
Tempe, AZ (Sports Network) – Salim Stoudamire finished with 22 points and hit
the game-winning basket with six-tenths of a second remaining to lift No. 11
Arizona to a 70-68 victory over Arizona State at Wells Fargo Arena.
Hassan Adams netted 15 points and Mustafa Shakur added 14 for the Wildcats
(25-5, 15-3 Pac-10), who won the Pac-10 regular-season title thanks to their
win and Washington’s loss to Stanford earlier on Saturday. Arizona will now be
the top seed in next week’s conference tournament.
The victory also made Arizona head coach Lute Olson the winningest coach in
Pac-10 history. Olson notched his 305th conference win to surpass legendary
UCLA coach John Wooden, who led the Bruins from 1949-75.
Ike Diogu posted a game-high 25 points for the Sun Devils (18-12, 7-11), who
finished the regular season with three straight losses. Steve Moore chipped in
16 points in the setback.
The score was tied at 68-68 after Diogu hit a pair of free throws with 48
seconds left. Adams missed for Arizona the next time down the floor, but
Stoudamire hauled in the offensive rebound to set up his game-winning shot.
The Wildcats came out of a timeout with 20 seconds left and Stoudamire started
to wait out the clock. He then charged into the lane and drilled an off-
balance jumper with the less than a second on the clock to give Arizona the
Arizona State completed the long inbounds pass, but Kevin Kruger’s three-point
attempt missed short as time expired.
Arizona held a slim 37-36 lead at halftime, but scored the first 11 points of
the second half to push that margin to 48-36. Channing Frye began the run with
a pair of free throws, while Adams poured in the remaining nine points.
The Wildcats would lead by as many as 15 points in the second half after
Stoudamire hit a pair from the line to make it 58-43 with just under 12
minutes left. That’s when ASU used an 18-2 explosion to grab a one-point lead.
Diogu hit a pair of three-pointers in the stretch, but it was Jason Braxton’s
layup that gave the Sun Devils a 61-60 edge with 4:31 remaining. The two teams
would battle closely for the lead from that point until the final buzzer.
The Wildcats started out extremely hot and held a whopping 22-4 lead just over
six minutes into the first half. Stoudamire scored nine points in the run and
Shakur added six. However, the Sun Devils answered the opening barrage with a
19-5 stretch to cut the deficit to 27-23 with 6:31 remaining. Diogu scored 11
points in the run and his jumper capped the spurt to make it a four-point
Arizona held a 37-31 advantage late in the half, but the Wildcats scored the
final five points of the period to make it a one-point game at the break.