6:10 PM ET, March 9, 2002
Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Luke Walton stepped out of his father's long shadow, and took his Arizona teammates with him.Walton had 23 points and eight assists playing all 40 minutes and the No. 15 Wildcats beat No. 22 Southern California 81-71 Saturday to win the Pacific-10 tournament.
After losing most of last year's NCAA runner-up team, the Wildcats savored yet another Pac-10 tourney title.
|Trojans mad at refs|
|LOS ANGELES -- The question posed to coach Henry Bibby was simple enough: Playing its third game in as many days, did Southern California run into a wall in the second half of the Pacific-10 Conference tournament championship game? "We hit three walls in the second half," Bibby replied. The message was clear -- Bibby believed the fourth-seeded Trojans got a raw deal from the officiating during an 81-71 loss to second-seeded Arizona on Saturday before a crowd of 18,997 at Staples Center. "I know where the game was lost," the coach said. When asked if he would elaborate, Bibby replied: "No. I plead the Fifth (amendment)." Later in the Trojans' dressing room, Bibby was informed a couple of his players thought the officials got into the team's heads, and one expressed the opinion that it was personal. "That's what they said, right? I can't comment on the officials, I'll get reprimanded," Bibby said. Regarding his comment about running into three walls, when a reporter said it seemed clear he wasn't talking about Arizona stars Luke Walton, Jason Gardner and Salim Stoudamire, Bibby replied with a wink and a smile: "Those are the people I was talking about, that was good." Referee Charlie Range called a technical foul on Bibby with 1:50 remaining and the Trojans trailing 75-67. Two free throws by Stoudamire, who scored a career-high 29 points, put the game out of reach. "It was the fact that Mr. Bibby kept berating me," Range said in a written statement. "It was unprofessional. The things he was saying were unnecessary. There's a code of conduct in the rules, on berating an official Each coach is responsible for his conduct in each incident that may arise, and he went over the line." Bibby said Range called all four fouls on USC point guard Brandon Granville, who expressed the opinion afterward that it felt personal to him.--The Associated Press|