Chris Rodgers. Subbing in for the suspended Salim Stoudamire, the junior scored 16 points, grabbed six rebounds and failed to commit a turnover. He made a number of key baskets down the stretch that were crucial to the win. PLAY OF THE GAME
With time running down on the shot clock, Chris Rodgers takes a long shot. The ball rims out and Hassan Adams rose up to grab the rebound. The junior forward is hammered and makes both free throws to ice the game.
Chris Rodgers nails a three pointer late in the game to give Arizona the final lead of the game.
Arizona's 48 points is their lowest scoring output since the 1985 tournament loss to Alabama. The 50-41 loss was the first NCAA Tournament game for the Wildcats under Lute Olson. The last time Marquette scored 43 points or less was Feb. 16, 2000 in a 55-35 loss to DePaul.
30.6% The Golden Eagle shot just 15-49, a paltry 30.6%. The Cats were not much better, making just 18-54 shots, a 34.6% day.
five of the Wildcats' last six games have been decided by five points or less, with the outcomes in doubt in the final minute. Arizona is 4-1 in those games, with the lone loss coming against Wake Forest.
The Cats had just two players in double figures and a total of five players in the game went for double figures.
ONE BRIGHT SPOT
The Cats did not shoot well, but were a solid 4-10 (40%) from behind the arc.
Arizona was without Salim Stoudamire who was suspended for the game for a ‘failure to meet team obligations'. No official explanation was given, but Stoudamire was slightly critical of his teammates following his 0-1 shooting night against Utah.
Isaiah Fox went to the bench with four fouls, but went back in the game with about five minutes to play. He was whistled for his fifth and final foul just 1:02 later.
STREAKS COME TO AN END
Marquette had two home win streaks come to an end. They had both a 13-game home win streak dating back to last season and a 34-game non-conference home winning streak snapped with the loss to Arizona.
Travis Diener became Marquette's all-time leader in made three-pointers when he hit his third three pointer of the game.
Due to foul trouble, Olson used a line-up of Bret Brielmaier, Hassan Adams, Jawann McClellan, Chris Rodgers and Daniel Dillon. The unit had three true freshmen, including a walk-on. The front-line featured a 6-6 center and a 6-4 power forward. It was the first time all season that the Cats had used that particular line-up.
Knowing that Marquette planned to do a lot of screening, Arizona decided to switch off of screens. Almost every time a screen was used, the Wildcat defenders switched men. The ploy worked, as Marquette got fewer than 10 good looks at the basket.
On one play a screen was set for Diener. All three Wildcat players in the area stayed with the screener, leaving Diener wide open on the wing.
Arizona now holds a 3-1 lead in the series. The Cats are now 20-15 against the teams in Conference USA.
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