"Luke (Walton) hit a three pointer that was worth 12 I think," joked Lute Olson as the score was adjusted to 125-117 with 2:00 left.
The game was really just your typical exhibition basketball game, very little defense, very few fundamentals and a whole lot of fun. The participants had a blast and treated the fans to a lot of enjoyment.
While many of the former players looked rusty, Jason Terry played like his upcoming free agent contract was on the line. Terry came out in his trademark high "CATS" socks and headband and proceeded to light up the scoreboard. Terry scored 38 points, making a staggering 12 three-point shots. He hit 5-of-9 threes in first quarter and never looked back.
Despite Terry's scoring prowess, it was the White team's 52.6% shooting that made the difference, Jud Buechler bricked his initial dunk attempt, then made his next nine shots on his way to 21 points.
The real story was Khalid Reeves. After the Blue team got within a bucket, Reeves scored eight in a row and the White pulled away until the scoreboard adjustment. Reeves, who scored more points in a single season than any other Wildcat, pumped in 25 points on 10-14 shooting, hitting 4-6 from beyond the arc.
Things were entertaining from the start. The players made things interesting in the lengthy pre-game introductions. Tom Tolbert acted as if he needed to gasp for air as he jogged onto the floor. Kevin Flannigan hammed it up, blowing kisses to the approving crowd. Jason Terry ran onto the court and made a bee-line for the scorers table which he jumped up on and pumped his fist in a move that was reminiscent of the Stanford win his senior season. Gilbert Arenas treated the fans to a mini strip tease as he shed his jersey and swung it around his head as he ran onto the floor. After the game, Arenas awarded his game jersey to a fan.
The best moment of the introduction and possibly the night came when former PA announcer Roger Sedlmayr announced Steve Kerr with the now famous "Steeeeeeeeve Keeeerrrrrrrr!" All 11,424 in attendance repeated the chant.
The Blue team got a few very nice efforts in addition to the one by Terry. Arenas dished out 12 assists to make up for a poor shooting day. Pete Williams had a game that was typical of his college career. The center scored 15 points and grabbed 14 rebounds. Gene Edgerson added 21 points and 11 rebounds.
The White team got a very balanced effort, with six players scoring in double figures. Tom Tolbert entertained the fans and managed 15 points, including three three-pointers. Sean Elliott, Rick Anderson and Dylon Rigdon scored 16, 17 and 19 points respectively.
The play of the game came at the very end. Joe McLean heaved a half court shot with 1.1 seconds left and drew nothing but net. The shot would have sealed the game but the clock stopped at 1.1 so that the blue team could get off one last shot.
Kerr may have had the best ovation, but struggled in the game. Kerr could not miss in warm-ups, but was just 2-8 in the game. After missing one three-pointer Kerr decided not to play defense and instead sat with a family in the front row until his team regained possession.
"Any doubts about my retirement were put to rest with my performance tonight," Kerr told the crowd.
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