A Closer Look: Arizona crushes USC

Arizona got their revenge over USC by reversing a number of the mistakes they made in the first outing. The Cats were better taking care of the ball and hitting the glass and combined that with a huge second half run that ended any hopes of a Trojan sweep.

PLAYER OF THE GAME
Salim Stoudamire had 22 points and did a great job defensively on Desmon Farmer, but it was Chris Rodgers who sparked the team during the critical 14-0 run. Rodgers put tremendous pressure on the USC point guards, contributing to a number of turnovers. He finished the game with 14 points, four steals and also assisted on a pair of baskets.

PLAY OF THE GAME
Arizona had a number of big time dunks, so it is hard to ohoose just one. Andre Iguodala had a great slam where he cradled the ball on his forearm as he slammed it home. He also had a sweet reverse, two-handed slam.

TURNING POINT
Arizona goes on a 14-0 run as part of a larger 19-2 run that sealed the Trojans' fate.

DOUBLE FIGURES
Six Wildcats scored in double figures, with Stoudamire's 22 leading the way. 10 of 12 Wildcats scored in the game.

REVENGE IS SWEET
In the Cats' January loss to USC they were dominated on the boards and in the steals department. This time out the Cats outrebounded USC 40-38 and forced two more turnovers, while getting three more steals.

AT THE STRIPE
Arizona missed just two free throws all game, making 25-of-27 (92.6%). USC missed ten in the second half alone, and were a paltry 17-30 (56.7%) for the game.

SECOND HALF
Arizona outscored USC 58-30 in the second half.

STREAKS
USC has lost 19 straight games at the McKale Center. They have not won in Tucson since 1985.

FACES IN THE CROWD
Tedy Bruschi of the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots was at courtside and was honored at halftime. His wife Heidi was also in attendance, she is a former UA volleyball player. Also at the game, former Wildcat forward Kevin Flanagan.

NOTABLE QUOTABLE
"I was laughing at him."—Salim Stoudamire when he was asked whether he was laughing with or at former AAU teammate Lodrick Stewart after he missed a dunk.

USC
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA ORb TRb Ast Stl Blk TO PF Pts
Gregg Guenther Jr. F 28 6-11 5-6 0-0 5 9 0 0 0 4 2 17
Jeff McMillan F 26 6-8 1-2 0-0 4 5 2 0 0 7 2 13
Rory O'Neil C 11 2-6 0-0 1-4 1 3 3 0 1 0 1 5
Rodrick Stewart G 29 0-5 2-2 0-1 1 4 2 2 0 1 1 2
Desmon Farmer G 30 4-15 0-0 3-9 2 4 3 1 0 3 4 11
Andrew Moore 3 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 0 0 1 2 0
Nick Curtis 12 0-1 3-8 0-1 1 1 0 1 1 0 1 3
Lodrick Stewart 21 3-7 0-0 1-3 2 3 4 2 0 2 2 7
Errick Craven 20 2-7 2-4 2-4 1 1 1 2 0 2 5 8
Derrick Craven 18 0-5 2-6 0-2 2 3 0 1 0 1 1 2
Joe Buck 2 0-0 2-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Totals 200 23-66
(.348)
17-30
(.567)
7-25
(.280)
22 38 15 9 2 21 21 70

 

Arizona

Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA ORB TRB Ast Stl Blk TO PF PTS
Hassan Adams F 29 7-11 0-0 1-4 2 3 2 1 1 1 1 15
Andre Iguodala F 35 5-14 4-4 0-4 2 11 5 2 0 6 2 14
Channing Frye C 23 4-8 2-2 0-0 4 6 1 0 1 2 5 10
Mustafa Shakur G 31 3-5 3-4 1-2 1 4 6 0 0 3 4 10
Salim Stoudamire G 33 5-11 9-10 3-6 0 4 4 2 0 2 5 22
Jason Ranne 2 0-1 2-2 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2
Fil Torres 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Chris Rodgers 28 5-7 3-3 1-2 1 2 2 4 0 2 2 14
Beau Muhlbach 1 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Matt Brase 1 1-1 0-0 0-0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2
Kirk Walters 3 0-0 2-2 0-0 0 1 0 0 1 1 1 2
Ivan Radenovic 13 3-4 0-0 0-1 1 2 0 2 1 2 1 6
Totals 200 33-63
(.524)
25-27
(.926)
6-19
(.316)
14 40 20 12 4 19 21 97


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