No. 9 Arizona Storms Back To Beat No. 22 Marquette

Dec 13, 2003

AP Sports Writer

TUCSON, Ariz. - A 15-point second-half deficit was no big deal to No. 9 Arizona on Saturday.

Not when the amazingly energetic Wildcats were playing in front of a loud, capacity home crowd, not with an Arizona team that Marquette coach Tom Crean called 'as good as we've played in my five years' at the school.

Salim Stoudamire scored 27 points, including a career-high seven 3-pointers, and Arizona stormed back for an 85-75 victory over Crean's Golden Eagles on Saturday.

'It was like a shark smelling blood,' Arizona's Channing Frye said. 'Even though they kept hitting big shots, we were still hungry. We felt like the momentum was going to swing our way no matter what they did. Then when we get going like that, it's really hard to stop us.'

The Wildcats (4-1) trailed 50-35 with 17:15 to play but outscored Marquette 50-25 the rest of the way, even though Stoudamire was on the bench most of the time with four fouls.

The run was 50-21 before a late four-point play by Marquette's Steve Novak with 3 seconds to go.

Stoudamire, 8-for-32 on 3s entering the game, was 7-for-9.

'It's about time,' he said. 'I never gave up on myself.'

Arizona coach Lute Olson said Stoudamire used some bad judgment to get two offensive fouls on baseline drives 'but he's an unbelievable shooter when his confidence is up. And I think his confidence got there the second half against Texas (on Tuesday). I'm not sure any of those 3s touched the rim this afternoon.'

Hassan Adams added 20 points, 14 in the second half, and blocked two shots late for Arizona. His breakaway stuff after a turnover capped a 12-0 run that put the Wildcats up 74-64 with 3:42 remaining.

Frye had 11 points, 13 rebounds and two blocked shots for the Wildcats and Andre Iguodala also scored 11 points.

Travis Diener had 21 points and 10 assists and did not commit a turnover while playing 38 minutes for Marquette (6-1). Novak also scored 21 points, including going 6-of-10 from 3-point range.

'We came down here with the thought of winning in our heads,' Diener said. 'We didn't come down here to stay close or get a lead and blow it. We can play with any team in the country. We just had to make plays at the end of the game to win.'

Arizona went 7-of-10 on 3s in the second half. Overall, the Wildcats shot 64 percent in the second half (16-for-25), and held Marquette to 31 percent (11-for-36.

Even though he essentially has a six-man rotation, Olson thought his team wore down the Golden Eagles.

'A lot of those shots were hitting on the front rim,' he said of Marquette. 'That's usually an indication that the legs were gone a little bit. You could see from a condition standpoint our guys looked pretty fresh, I thought, at the end.'

Mustafa Shakur's jumper tied it, then Frye's tip-in put Arizona up for good 66-64 with 6:13 remaining.

Novak scored eight, including two 3-pointers, in a 15-0 run late in the first half and early in the second that put the Golden Eagles ahead 46-33 with 18:57 to play. Marquette made it 50-35 on Sanders' breakaway stuff with 17:15 remaining.

But Arizona outscored the Golden Eagles 27-10 over the next 9� minutes to retake the lead, 62-60 with 7:48 to play.

Arizona committed five turnovers in the first five minutes and Marquette took 13-2 lead on Joe Chapman's 3-pointer with 16:15 to play.

The Wildcats used a 14-4 run to get their first lead, 26-25, on Iguodala's steal and stuff with 7:04 to play in the half.

After Stoudamire's fourth 3-pointer, in five attempts, put Arizona up 33-31, Marquette scored the last 10 of the half, capped by Novak's off-balance bank shot at the buzzer to go up 41-33.

Marquette was without its No. 2 scorer and leading rebounder, Scott Merritt, most of the second half because of foul trouble. Novak also had to sit with four fouls with 7:48 to go and Arizona leading 62-60.

'The most important thing we learned is we can play with great basketball teams like this and compete and have an opportunity to win,' Crean said. 'Now we've got to figure out how to win these games.'

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