Wildcats Win Double-Overtime Thriller With Gonzaga
March 22, 2003
By BOB BAUM
AP Sports Writer
SALT LAKE CITY - Arizona moves on, but not before a double-overtimethriller that ranks with the best in NCAA tournament history.
Salim Stoudamire, quiet most of the intense evening, scored five points inthe second overtime as the Wildcats, the West's No. 1 seed, held offninth-seeded Gonzaga 96-95 Saturday.
Stoudamire's floater in the lane with 2:03 left in the second overtime werethe game's final points. Gonzaga had numerous chances to take the lead butfailed.
Tony Skinner, whose career-high 25 points included 5-of-11 shooting on3-pointers, missed an open 3 with four seconds to play for the Zags.
Blake Stepp, who scored 19 of his 25 points after halftime, missed a 5-footfollowup bank shot just before the buzzer sounded.
Gonzaga nearly pulled off an upset that would have dwarfed anything theBulldogs did during their exhilarating tournament runs in 1999, 2000 and 2001.
They collapsed to the floor in disappointment and Arizona (27-3) advanced toa regional semifinal matchup against Notre Dame, an upset winner over Illinoison Saturday.
All five Wildcats reached double figures. Jason Gardner scored 22. ChanningFrye had 22 points and 12 rebounds, and played the final five minutes and bothovertimes with four fouls.