PLAY OF THE GAME
With time running out in the half Stoudamire pulls up for a 30+ foot three pointer. There was no doubt he was just going to shoot it, just no one knew how far out he was going to shoot it.
Stoudamire hits four straight three pointers at the end of the first half to push the lead from eight to 12. The Cats would never let Oregon State get closer than nine the rest of the way.
Salim Stoudamire made nine threes, one more than the school record set by Jason Gardner. His 14 attempts was also a personal high.
Joining Stoudamire in saying goodbye to the McKale faithful, were fellow seniors Channing Frye and Matt Brase. Frye had 15 points, 11 rebounds and four assists. Brase had a career high four points and four rebounds.
A BIT OF A CHANGE
The McKale scoreboards had a bit of a change for a good portion of the first half. Usually they track points, rebounds and assists for the players on the floor. Today they were keeping track of assists instead of rebounds until about the 8:00 mark of the first half.
Hassan Adams attempts to bring down the house with a 180-degree dunk. Too bad he missed the breakaway. Not only that but the PA announcer actually announced the made basket before he realized that the ball hit the back rim.
Oregon State has players from five different countries on the roster, including the U.S., England, France, Croatia and Canada. Arizona also has five different countries represented with players from America, Serbia-Montenegro, Puerto Rico, Australia and Mali on board.
IN THE STANDS
Among those in attendance were former Wildcat Joe McLean, former NBA star Maurice Lucas and a number of recruits, the most notable of which are Christian Polk and 2007 point guard prospect Jerryd Bayless.
The Beavers have as many players from Arizona as the Wildcats do. In fact, Oregon State has more scholarship players from the Grand Canyon State than the Cats do. Jason Fontenet and Nick DeWitz are both from the Phoenix area. Channing Frye and Matt Brase both hail from Arizona, but Brase is a walk-on. Arizona actually has as many players from Oregon as they do Arizona.
REUNITED Frye and OSU's Jason Fontenet both played high school together at Phoenix's Saint Mary's High School. Fontenet and his twin brother originally attended New Mexico State.