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.
Arizona goes on a 14-0 run as part of a larger 19-2 run that sealed the Trojans' fate.
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.
Arizona outscored USC 58-30 in the second half.
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.
"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.
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