TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- Senior Day was sensational for Salim
The left-handed sharpshooter, in his final home game, sank a
school record nine 3-pointers and scored 31 points to lead Arizona to a 91-70 rout of Oregon State on Sunday.
"Salim was disgustingly good," said teammate Channing Frye,
also a senior in his last game at McKale Center. "They were trying
so hard to keep him from shooting. There is only so much they could
Frye added 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Wildcats (No. 11 ESPN/USA Today; No. 10 AP), who won
their sixth in a row and stayed alone in first place in the Pac-10.
Stoudamire and Frye left the game with 9:43 to play and Arizona
"We are far and away the best we've been all year," Arizona
coach Lute Olson said. "But we're going to get better."
Stoudamire, 9-for-14 on 3-pointers, broke Jason Gardner's school
record of eight, set against Kansas on Dec. 1, 2001.
"I was feeling a career night," he said. "Now I got one with
He fell one shy of the Pac-10 record held by Stephen
"Headache" Smith of Arizona State.
Olson wasn't aware that Stoudamire was so close to the
"If I had known, I would have left him in," Olson said.
Oregon State coach Jay John helped recruit Stoudamire when John
was an Arizona assistant.
"Salim changed the whole game," John said. "We played well in
the first half, but he just changed the game by hitting shots. He
drained the energy out of us and gave it to everyone else in the
Olson repeatedly has called Stoudamire the best shooter in
"Salim was what Salim is," Olson said. "I swear that every
day in practice, he does the same thing. You give him a look and
it's almost automatic."
Stoudamire's only field goal that wasn't a 3-pointer came with
his foot on the 3-point line. He also had his elbow hit on a couple
of shots that ended up air balls.
"It was another day at the office," Stoudamire said.
A 55 percent 3-point shooter this season -- tied for first in
Division I -- Stoudamire was 5-of-5 on 3s in the final 6:16 of the
first half to put Arizona up 45-33 at the break.
"You just can't guard him," Dewitz said. "He was hitting
shots from almost halfcourt."
Stoudamire made four 3's in a breathtaking final 2:22 of the
half. The left-hander made one from about 25 feet and another from
28 feet out, near the "N" on the "Arizona" decal on the court.
The final one, shot just before the buzzer and three feet from the
top of the key, capped the outburst.
Three-pointers by Stoudamire started and ended a 13-0 run that
blew open a 71-44 lead for the Wildcats with 11:50 to play. His
record-breaker with 10:13 to play put the Wildcats ahead 74-49.
The Wildcats jumped out to leads of 14-3 and 21-7, but Oregon
State went on a 13-2 run to cut it 23-20 on Chris Stephens'
5-footer with 10:04 left in the half.
Stoudamire was 6-for-8 on 3s in the first half. That tied the
school record for a half set by Matt Othick against Temple on Feb.
23, 1992, and matched by Chris Mills against Delaware State on Dec.
With three regular-season games and the Pac-10 and NCAA
tournaments still ahead, Stoudamire has 311 3-points, seven shy of
Gardner's school record of 318. Smith, later implicated in a
point-shaving scandal, has the Pac-10 record of 323.
Stoudamire moved up to seventh on Arizona's career scoring list.
Frye is 11th. Arizona finished 50-8 at home in the seniors' four
seasons at the school.
All senior players were honored in a ceremony with their parents
after the game.
"I was just hanging with my dad and talked like it was a
regular day," Stoudamire said. "It didn't start hitting me until
right before the game that this is my last home game. I kind of got
a little sad."