Channing Frye led the Cats back in the second half with 17 points in the final 15 minutes. He finished with 26 points and nine rebounds. He was 10-19 from the field and 6-8 from the line.
PLAY OF THE GAME
Early in the game Hassan Adams drove the baseline, jumped, spun completely around and finished with a reverse lay-in.
Down 76-71 Hassan Adams followed a Frye miss with two offensive rebounds and a critical score.
Saint Mary's scored five of their first seven points at the foul line.
Adams scored the Wildcats first three field goal before going to the bench after the first TV time-out.
Channing Frye's 26 points were a career high. His previous high was 25 against USC last February. He also set a career high with 19 field goal attempts. Salim Stoudamire had a career high seven rebounds and tied a career high in free throw attempts (11) and free throws made (9). SEASON LOW
Arizona attempted a season low 10 three-point attempts. Their previous low was 18 against Texas. Their low last year was 12, which they did twice.
BATTLE OF THE BOARDS
Arizona was outrebounded for the second time this season. Saint Mary's had a 42-39 advantage.
NICE STAT LINE
Andre Iguodala had 12 points, eight rebounds, five assists and no turnovers. He assisted Fry on the go-ahead bucket oFf a ball screen.
FAST AND THE FURIOUS
One stretch of the first half saw three lead changes in 19 seconds.
RUN OF DEATH
Arizona finished the game on a 15-2 run. They outscored the Gaels 19-4 over the final 4:53.
WEST COAST CONFERENCE
Arizona hosts a WCC team for the fourth straight season. They played Gonzaga last season, Pepperdine in 2001-02 and both Gonzaga and Saint Mary's in 2000-01. All time, Arizona is 23-13 against WCC teams and are riding a six game win streak. Arizona is now 3-2 all time against the Gaels.
For the second straight game the Wildcats have had to erase large second half leads. They trailed by 15 to Marquette and by nine to Saint Mary's.
Among those in attendance was future Cat Ivan Radenovic, former Wildcat Miles Simon, new football coach Mike Stoops and academic casualty Chris Dunn.
"I'm sick and tired of excuses. We're grown men. We've got to play every game like it's our last." –Salim Stoudamire.
|St. Mary's 78|
TURNOVERS: 14 (F Adjiwanou 4, E Rowland 3, J Sanders 2, P Marigney, B Sholberg, B Collins, D Kickert, C Poole)
BLOCKED SHOTS: 0
STEALS: 0 ()
3-PT FGS: 7-16, .438 (D Kickert 1-3, F Adjiwanou 0-1, E Rowland 1-2, T Herr 2-3, D Waddy 0-1, P Marigney 3-6)
TURNOVERS: 7 (M Shakur 3, C Rodgers 2, S Stoudamire, H Adams)
BLOCKED SHOTS: 6 (C Frye 3, H Adams 3)
STEALS: 4 (A Iguodala 2, H Adams, C Rodgers)
3-PT FGS: 3-10, .300 (H Adams 1-4, A Iguodala 0-1, S Stoudamire 1-4, C Rodgers 1-1)
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