Arizona observes moment of silence

Updated: January 9, 2011, 5:52 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

TUCSON, Ariz. -- A moment of silence was observed before Sunday's game between Arizona and Stanford, which was pushed back a day after the shootings of Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and others outside a Tucson supermarket.

Arizona won the game, 67-57, in front of 14,374 fans.

Before the game, University of Arizona president Robert Shelton spoke from midcourt to the crowd at McKale Center. He thanked Stanford for cooperating with the postponement and he praised doctors at nearby University Medical Center, where the shooting victims were taken Saturday morning.

Authorities say Giffords was among 14 people wounded in the melee that killed six people including a federal judge.

There was a noticeable increase in police presence at the game, and fans noted a more thorough search of their belongings than usual.

"Hopefully today kind of served as a healing moment that took everybody's mind off the tragedy," Arizona coach Sean Miller said in his postgame radio show.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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