Salim Stoudamire. The junior had 27 points on 8-11 shooting. He was 7-9 behind the arc.
Honorable mention: Hassan Adams (20 points, 2 blocks), Channing Frye (11 pts, 13 rebs).
PLAY OF THE GAME
Late in the game Hassan Adams blocked a shot that wound up in the crowd, about five rows. Adams started screaming and high fiving people. Just before the inbound pass he screamed "Not in my house!"
Honorable mention: Andre Iguodala's steal and dunk to give the Cats a first half lead. Chris Rodgers steal that lead to a Mustafa Shakur lay-up that tied the game in the second half.
Five players hit 50% or more of their three-point attempts, four of them were Wildcats. Hassan Adams (4-7), Andre Iguodala (1-1), Salim Stoudamire (7-9) and Chris Rodgers (1-2) were all stroking it. Steve Novak hit 6-10, while Diener was just under 50% hitting 5-11.
Marquette hit their first three threes of the game and 4-of-5 before "cooling off" to shoot 46.7% for the half.
Arizona committed turnovers on their first three possessions of the game and were just 1-3 shooting on their next three trips. Marquette used that to build up a 13-2 lead in the early going CONFERENCE USA
Marquette is the second Conference USA team that the Wildcats have faced this season. They played Saint Louis a week ago. Other than Saint Louis last season, the Cats have not faced a C-USA team since 1994 (Tulane).
Marquette is the third ranked team the Cats have faced so far this season. The game was the fourth straight on national television for Arizona.
Arizona played back to back Final Four participants. Both Texas and Marquette lost in the National Semi-Finals a year ago. Had Arizona beaten Kansas in the Elite Eight, they would have met Marquette.
"That's overrated. The games are like a day off." Lute Olson on logging a lot of minutes.
TURNOVERS: 11 (S Merritt 3, T Sanders 3, S Novak 3, T Townsend, D Mason)
BLOCKED SHOTS: 1 (T Sanders)
STEALS: 3 (J Chapman 2, D Mason)
3-PT FGS: 12-29, .414 (S Merritt 0-1, S Novak 6-10, T Sanders 0-1, J Chapman 1-4, T Diener 5-11, T Townsend 0-1, K Bradley 0-1)
TURNOVERS: 17 (S Stoudamire 4, H Adams 4, M Shakur 4, A Iguodala 3, C Frye, C Rodgers)
BLOCKED SHOTS: 5 (C Frye 2, H Adams 2, K Walters)
STEALS: 2 (C Frye, C Rodgers)
3-PT FGS: 13-20, .650 (H Adams 4-7, A Iguodala 1-1, M Shakur 0-1, S Stoudamire 7-9, C Rodgers 1-2)