Mustafa Shakur. Shakur hit the game winner and finished with 16 points, seven rebounds and six assists.
PLAY OF THE GAME
Shakur races the length of the floor in under five seconds and buries a game winning three with no time left on the clock.
Despite calling a timeout to draw up a play, the Trojans get a terrible look on their final possession and actually committed a shot clock violation when Desmon Farmer's three-point attempt failed to draw iron.
WHAT WENT RIGHT
Arizona won the game on a last second shot, something they have not done often. Hassan Adams was a beast on the glass, pulling down a game-high 14 rebounds. He also scored a game-high 21 points. Arizona shut down Desmon Farmer and held the Trojans to just 31.8% shooting. Arizona outrebounded USC 50-48.
WHAT WENT WRONG
Arizona was saddled with foul trouble, Andre Iguodala played just 22 minutes before fouling out. The Cats gave up 20 offensive rebounds. They shot just 39.7%. They committed 17 turnovers.
SO MUCH FOR THE SHOWDOWN
Many believed the game could come down to a battle between Stoudamire and Farmer. Stoudamire scored just eight points on 3-of-15 shooting. Farmer scored four points on 2-20 shooting.
On two separate occasions Frye and Adams both got two hands on a rebound simultaneously. On both occasions they lost the ball and USC took possession.
FAST START, SLOW FINISH
Stoudamire hit his first three-point attempt, then proceeded to miss his final seven attempts. That was still better than Farmer who missed all 12 shots he took from behind the arc.
The Cats have faced an LA team in all three of the Pac-10 Tournaments held in Los Angeles. They beat USC in 2002 and this season and lost to UCLA in last year's event.
The Wildcats are now 4-1 at the Staples Center.
SUN DEVILS MAKE IT
ASU was not invited to the Pac-10 Tournament thanks to their 10th place finish, but they did have a presence at the event. While scanning the crowd at the Staples Center, a camera stopped on a group of USC fans. Someone off screen handed one of the fans a hat, who held it up to the camera and revealed it to be an ASU cap.
Hassan Adams had just made five free throws in a row, but missed the first of two late in the game. An Arizona fan shouted "keep your elbow in" after the miss. It was hard to tell if Adams heard him, but he did sink the next free throw.
ANOTHER 20-WIN SEASON
For the 17th consecutive season, the Wildcats have posted 20 wins or more under Lute Olson, the longest 20-game win streak in the nation.
Although the media is not supposed to openly root, two members of Fox's camera crew did so anyways. In each case a crew member whose job was to hold the cables of the cameraman sitting right on the baseline. In the UCLA/Washington game the cable holder kept rooting for the Bruins. A different worker was stationed there during Arizona/USC and he too openly rooted for the LA team. He went so far as to shout encouragement to a USC player inbounding the ball.
Larry Bird watched all four games. He sat in the Arizona section, but remained neutral. He did indicate that he was scouting players.
Photo by Carl F. Shifflette III