Salim Stoudamire set his career high in scoring for the second straight game. After netting 34 against UCLA, the junior had 37 against the Ducks. He was 6-8 from behind the arc.
PLAY OF THE GAME
Stoudamire hits a 22-foot three-pointer with just three seconds left in the first half to give the Cats a 16-point lead at the half.
The Wildcats let Luke Jackson score 42 points in the first 33 minutes, but hold him scoreless the rest of the way.
HOT, HOT, HOT
Both Lute Olson and the announcers mentioned that it was very, very warm at Mac Court during the game.
TOUGHING IT OUT
Salim Stoudamire competed with a severe Charlie horse.
Channing Frye had to leave the game in the second half when Ian Crossewhite's head collided with his mouth. Frye actually broke a bone in his face and loosened a few teeth. He saw a dentist after the game but will not need surgery or miss any time. He actually returned to the game before Crossewhite, who suffered a deep cut over his eye.
THE GAME PLAN
Arizona will remain in Eugene and practice at a local high school. Due to the lateness of the game against Oregon State on Saturday, Lute Olson said they would take it easy Friday and head to Corvallis on Saturday. Wildcat coaches may go to Portland on Friday to watch recruits.
Olson indicated that Hassan Adams might return to the starting line-up. In addition to Adams scoring 26 points, Olson said he likes to bring Chris Rodgers off the bench to sub for either one of the guards or to play the small forward spot. He indicated that he does not like to bring a forward in for a guard and worries about the guards getting tired.
The Wildcats have allowed two players to score 40 or more points against them this season. Desmon Farmer did it in January, while Jackson did it, scoring 42 Thursday night. Both were career highs.
T ‘EM UP
Both Lute Olson and Ernie Kent received technicals. Olson's was particularly strange as the Wildcat coach had to be restrained as he rushed officials and appeared to have choice words for Kent. For Kent it was only his second in seven seasons as head coach of the Ducks.
Ian Crossewhite had more turnovers than field goals. The Australian big man had seven turnovers, including three traveling calls. On a positive note he was 6-7 from the field.
HOME COURT ADVANTAGE
Oregon is 37-4 in their last 41 games at home. Two of those losses have come at the hands of the Wildcats. Arizona has won their last two games in Eugene.
Salim Stoudamire and Chris Rodgers are natives of Oregon. Arizona has two Oregonians, while the Ducks have just three.
Arizona, known for their slow starts, never trailed in the contest. They led 6-0 before Oregon got on the scoreboard. The Wildcats built a 17-5 lead in the early stages.
"Did you sit with your sport coat on all night? It must have been 100 degrees in here."—Lute Olson to KNST's Brian Jefferies after the game.