TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- Salim Stoudamire had a career-high seven 3-pointers and No. 9 Arizona stormed back from a 15-point second-half deficit to hand Marquette (No. 21 ESPN/USA Today; No/ 22 AP) its first loss of the season, 85-75 on Saturday.
The Wildcats (4-1) trailed 50-35 with 17:15 to play but
outscored the Golden Eagles 50-25 the rest of the way, even though
Stoudamire was on the bench most of the time with four fouls.
The run was 50-21 before a late four-point play by Marquette's
Steve Novak with 3 seconds to go.
Stoudamire, 7-for-9 from 3-point range, scored 27 points, while
Hassan Adams added 20, 14 in the second half, and blocked two shots
late for Arizona. His breakaway stuff after a turnover capped a
12-0 run that put the Wildcats up 74-64 with 3:42 remaining.
Travis Diener had 21 points and 10 assists and did not commit a
turnover while playing 38 minutes for Marquette (6-1). Novak also
scored 21 points, including going 6-of-10 from 3-point range.
Arizona went 7-of-10 on 3s in the second half.
Stoudamire went to the bench with four fouls and his team
trailing 57-53 with 11:32 to play. But his teammates stepped up the
intensity. Marquette had its last lead at 64-62 when Terry Sanders
made two free throws with 7:10 to play.
Mustafa Shakur's jumper tied it, then Frye's tip-in put Arizona
up for good 66-64 with 6:13 remaining.
Novak scored eight, including two 3-pointers, in a 15-0 run late
in the first half and early in the second that put the Golden
Eagles ahead 46-33 with 18:57 to play. Marquette made it 50-35 on
Sanders' breakaway stuff with 17:15 remaining.
But Arizona outscored the Golden Eagles 27-10 over the next 9½
minutes to retake the lead, 62-60 with 7:48 to play.
Arizona committed five turnovers in the first five minutes and
Marquette took 13-2 lead on Joe Chapman's 3-pointer with 16:15 to
The Wildcats used a 14-4 run to get their first lead, 26-25, on
Iguodala's steal and stuff with 7:04 to play in the half.
After Stoudamire's fourth 3-pointer, in five attempts, put
Arizona up 33-31, Marquette scored the last 10 of the half, capped
by Novak's off-balance bank shot at the buzzer to go up 41-33.
Marquette was without its No. 2 scorer and leading rebounder,
Scott Merritt, most of the second half because of foul trouble.
Novak also had to sit with four fouls with 7:48 to go and Arizona