Channing Frye. Frye had his best game of the season contributing 18 points and 16 rebounds. Frye led the team in both categories and also added two blocks and two steals. The two blocks also led the team.
PLAY OF THE GAME
Channing Frye's key block landed in Shakur's hands. Shakur then ran the floor and lobbed it up for Hassan Adams who added the spectacular alley-oop dunk.
At the end of the game, Mississippi State was trailing by one and driving towards the hoop with just over 30 seconds left in the game. The ball got loose and Adams then tipped the ball. The ball was loose again before a block by Frye knocked the ball out of bounds. The shot clock was incorrectly reset when the ball hit Adams hands. The officials got together and conferred about the call before keeping the ball the Bulldogs way, but putting three seconds on the shot clock.
Arizona now leads the series 2-1. The only loss came in the championship game of the Fiesta Bowl Classic in 2000, where Arizona lost by a point. It was their only loss in the history of the Fiesta Bowl Classic.
The key match-up for Arizona was between Frye and Lawrence Roberts. It was clear before the game that if the Cats could hold Roberts, they could win. Roberts ended the game with only seven points and seven rebounds.
A statistic that Arizona has improved on the past few games was the rebounding battle, especially on the offensive end. Despite pulling off the win, Arizona lost the rebounding battle 42-35, 18-13 offensively.
TAKING CARE OF THE BALL
When your opponent turns the ball over 20 times, your team should have a great chance to win. However, Arizona turned the ball over 19 times themselves, and made the game much closer than it should have been.
A BIG RUN
Arizona scored only three points in the last 6:23, and Mississippi State added nine points during that span. Arizona had a 12 point second half lead, which slowly but surely deteriorated in the last 10:00.
The crowd featured a number of celebrities including Pat Reilly, Los Angeles Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak, and former Wildcat Steve Kerr.
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