The Arizona basketball team hoped its 67-57 victory over Stanford served a larger purpose than a win in the Pac-10 standings. "We came here to...
TUCSON, Ariz. — The Arizona basketball team hoped its 67-57 victory over Stanford served a larger purpose than a win in the Pac-10 standings.
“We came here to play hard today,” coach Sean Miller said, “and in a sense play for Tucson.”
Jamelle Horne, who lost his starting job one game before the Pac-10 season began, scored 16 points and grabbed 12 rebounds and Arizona completed a home sweep of the Bay Area schools in a contest pushed back a day because of Saturday’s mass shooting in suburban Tucson that left six people dead and critically wounded U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.
She and others hurt in the attack were being treated at University Medical Center, just a few blocks from McKale Center, where Arizona’s largest home crowd of the season — 14,374 — showed up for the game on a brilliantly sunny Sunday.
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“We just wanted to come together and help the city out through our play this afternoon,” Arizona’s Solomon Hill said. “Our focus was that we were playing for the city in this tough time.”
Horne, 6-of-7 shooting overall, made all four of his three-point attempts, to lift the Wildcats (14-3, 3-1) out of trouble down the stretch. Derrick Williams, coming off a career-high 31 points in Arizona’s 73-71 victory over California on Thursday night, made all five of his shots, two of them three-pointers, to finish with 14.
Josh Owens scored 18 and Jeremy Green 15 for Stanford (9-5, 2-1).
There was an increased police presence at the game and fans noted a more thorough search of their belongings than usual.
Before the tipoff, university president Robert Shelton spoke to the crowd from center court, thanking Stanford for its cooperation and praising doctors at nearby University Medical Center “without whose efforts we’d have a lot of dead people right now in Tucson.”
Said Miller: “Hopefully in some small way, today’s game had, in a way, a healing effect on our community, where maybe all of us can take our mind off something for a brief moment and kind of be together for a different purpose. It’s not easy on anybody. The rescheduling of the game was certainly the right thing.”
At USC 63, UCLA 52
Nikola Vucevic scored 20 points as the Trojans earned their fourth straight win over their crosstown rivals.
Alex Stepheson had 13 points and 16 rebounds playing his first game without the cast he had worn since breaking a bone in his left hand before the season. Jio Fontan added 10 points despite foul trouble for USC (10-6, 2-1).
Reeves Nelson scored 14 points for UCLA (9-6, 1-2). Joshua Smith, the former star at Kentwood High School in Covington, scored eight points while playing much of the second half with four fouls.
Arizona 67, Stanford 57
USC 63, UCLA 52