Arenas, Terry shine in All-Star Classic

The 2005 Lute Olson All-Star Classic was not about the game itself. It was not about fundamentals. It certainly was not about defense. No, the event was a celebration of the great personalities that have made Arizona basketball so much fun over the last 20+ years.

It was not about the game, which Team Lexus (White) beat Team Infinity (Red) 152-151.

It was not about the leading scorers, although Gilbert Arena scored 45 and Jason Terry netted 39.

It was about fun. It was about personality.

It was about Jason Terry knowing how to work the crowd. Whether it was JT doing the "jet" or jumping up on the scorers table or even blowing kisses to the crowds.

It was about Tom Tolbert being a goofball and Ricky Anderson not being far behind.

It was about Gilbert Arena, Richard Jefferson and Terry wowing us with their NBA athleticism and wondering why Jason Gardner and Joseph Blair did not get their shot.

It was about chanting "Steeeeeve Keeeerrrrr" one more time.

There was J.T., JB, J.G. and the "Wookie". There was R.J., A.J. and Tommy T. Then there are those we know by one name only, Sean, Miles, Gilbert, Reggie and, of course, Lute.

More than 9,000 fans came out to see their favorites from the past.

"No where in America could you have this kind of turnout," said Lute Olson.

The game became a showdown between Arenas and Terry. In the end the White held off a charge from the Red. Terry made three free throws with four seconds left to get within one, but after could not get the ball back and A.J. Bramlett's desperation ¾ court lob came up short.

Arenas scored 45 without getting to the line. He was all over the court, playing hard the entire game. He was 19-34 and an astounding 7-17 from behind the arc. He also added eight rebounds.

Arenas chased every loose ball, and hustled everywhere but on defense. In fact, Richard Jefferson began taunting his old teammate late in the game when he took over as the PA announcer in the fourth quarter.

"They used to all me a defensive specialist because I had to guard whoever Gilbert was guarding too," Jefferson joked.

Terry had a special game as well. When he wasn't playing to the crowd, he was playing the game. Terry put up 39 points a game high 12 assists and six boards. He hit 8-of-19 from behind the arc and made whoever was guarding him work hard.

Five other players scored in double figures for the White, two of whom had double doubles. Joseph Blair scored 24 points and grabbed 12 boards. He made 12-16 from the floor and threw down a number of monster dunks.

Sean Rooks scored 15 but had an incredible 20 rebounds. Sean Elliott had 10 rebounds as well.

Rick Anderson scored 19 and Jason Gardner added 15. Dylan Rigdon scored 13 and dished out nine assists.

The day belonged to Gardner, at least halftime did. The former Wildcat point guard became just the fourth Wildcat to have his jersey retired, joining Elliott, Steve Kerr and Mike Bibby. Gardner was 107-29 as a Wildcat and played the second most minutes in NCAA history.

Just to have my jersey hung up with the three others is a great accomplishment and a great honor," Gardner said during his halftime speech.

Eight of the ten Red team players scored in double figures. Khalid Reeves scored 19, new Wildcat recruiting coordinator Reggie Geary dropped in 18. Both were a stellar 4-6 from behind the arc. Pete Williams and Richard Jefferson each chipped in 16 points. Williams also pulled down nine boards, second to A.J. Bramlett who had 12.

The White team got out early. They led 36-28 after the first quarter.

Stacey Allis contributed to this story.


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