With leading scorer Salim Stoudamire benched, No. 15 Arizona relied on Chris Rodgers' 16 points and key late layup to beat Marquette 48-43 yesterday despite the Wildcats' lowest...
MILWAUKEE With leading scorer Salim Stoudamire benched, No. 15 Arizona relied on Chris Rodgers’ 16 points and key late layup to beat Marquette 48-43 yesterday despite the Wildcats’ lowest scoring output in nearly 20 years.
Arizona coach Lute Olson didn’t say why he sidelined Stoudamire. The player was coming off a career-low one field-goal attempt in a 67-62 win over Utah last week, just Stoudamire’s third scoreless game in 101 at Arizona.
Neither team scored much yesterday, combining for only three field goals over the last nine minutes. Arizona (7-2) hadn’t been held to so few points since a 50-41 loss to Alabama in the 1985 NCAA tournament.
Rodgers’ crucial layup came in the final minute when he blew past Steve Novak into an open lane. Hassan Adams added 14 points for the visitors, including two free throws with 4.1 seconds left to seal the victory.
Arizona trailed 43-42 when Adams sank two free throws with 2:06 remaining. The Golden Eagles found it harder and harder to get off a good shot against the athletic Wildcats and never regained the lead.
Nearly half of Marquette’s shots (24 of 49) were three-pointers, and the Golden Eagles sank just seven of them.
Marquette (9-1), whose 34-game home winning streak ended, got 14 points from Travis Diener, who became the school’s career leading three-point shooter but was just 5 of 17 from the floor.
At UCLA 81, Michigan 79
Dijon Thompson scored a career-high 29 points and hit a three-pointer that gave the Bruins the lead for good with 44 seconds remaining.
The Bruins (6-1) rallied from a six-point deficit in the final 3:46 after leading most of the way. Freshman Jordan Farmar scored six points in that stretch all on free throws including two when the Bruins clung to a one-point lead.
Chris Hunter scored 21 points to lead four Wolverines (6-5) in double figures.
At halftime, UCLA retired the No. 25 jersey of Gail Goodrich, who was on the Bruins’ first two national-championship teams in 1964 and ’65.
Oregon 83, at Fresno State 82
Bryce Taylor grabbed an offensive rebound and banked in an off-balance jumper with 0.8 seconds remaining, giving the Ducks the win.
The Bulldogs (6-1) trailed the entire second half until two free throws by Donovan Morris put them ahead 82-81 with 16.2 seconds remaining.
Oregon’s Ian Crosswhite missed an 18-foot jumper with about 2.5 seconds left, but the ball bounced right to Taylor in the lane. Taylor then banked in a 10-foot jumper.
Aaron Brooks scored 16 points for the Ducks, while backcourt mate Taylor added 15 on 7-of-9 shooting.
Washington St. 55, at Portland 54
Thomas Kelati scored 17 points and Robbie Cowgill scored four crucial points in the final 90 seconds to lead the Cougars (5-3) to victory.
Portland had a chance to win, but Pooh Jeter’s 35-footer bounced off the back of the rim as the buzzer sounded.
The Pilots (7-3) had a chance to tie when Marcus Lewis was fouled, but he missed one of his free throws.
At Stanford 72, UC Davis 62
Dan Grunfeld scored 18 points for the Cardinal, which played its first game in Maples Pavilion following its $30 million, 10-month facelift.
Redshirt freshman Tim Morris had a career-high 13 points as Stanford (4-4) won its 16th straight home game, the longest active run in the Pac-10.
Fowzi Abdelsamad led UC Davis (3-5) with 22 points.
At USC 81, West Michigan 74
Guard Lodrick Stewart scored 21 points, 15 of them in the first half, and forward Gregg Guenther added a career-high 20 points for the Trojans, who snapped a six-game winning streak for Western Michigan (6-3).
USC (4-3) played without senior guard Errick Craven, its fourth-leading scorer. He was suspended for one game by interim coach Jim Saia for conduct detrimental to the team.
Oregon St. 90, at Boise St. 79
Chris Stephens scored 21 points to lead the Beavers (6-3), who never trailed after the score was tied at 17 with 9:34 left in the first half and led Boise State (5-4) by as many as 16 early in the second half.