Player of the Game: Salim Stoudamire

Let's be honest, the best player on the court when Arizona and Washington met was the Huskies' Doug Wrenn. Unfortunately, he is not eligible to win the award on this site and that is just as well. Arizona freshman shooting guard Salim Stoudamire will gladly accept in his stead.

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Although the freshman from Lake Oswego, Oregon didn't start the game, he played enough (and well enough) to win player of the game honors in Arizona's 91-82 victory over Washington.

Stoudamire was his usual intense self defensively and also had a solid game on the offensive side with 17 points on 5-9 shooting (2-3 from three-point range).

When he wasn't hitting the three, Salim was cutting to the lane for highlight reel reverse lay-ups off of feeds from Luke Walton and Jason Gardner. He was also 5-6 from the free throw line, which, for Salim, is actually a little off.

As a team, Arizona shot horrifically from the free throw line, only hitting 55.9% of its attempts (19-34). If it weren't for Salim's 5-6 effort and Channing Frye's 5-6 free throw line numbers, the game would have been much closer. As it stands, the final score is already very deceiving.

Normally a well above average free throw shooting team, Arizona could have turned the game into a blowout if it had managed to shoot its season average from the stripe (74%).

Stoudamire, Gardner and fellow freshman Will Bynum combined to shoot only 1-16 in the first half and because of that poor percentage, Arizona led only by nine at the break. In the second half, however, Stoudamire shot a perfect 4-4 from the field and had 14 points after halftime.

Other Wildcats strongly considered for player of the game honors were: Luke Walton (21 points, six rebounds, four assists, four steals on 8-11 shooting), Channing Frye (16 points, 10 rebounds, two blocks on 6-9 shooting) and Isaiah Fox, who had a nice game with eight points and two rebounds on 4-4 shooting.


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