TUCSON, Ariz. -- Andre Iguodala made a 3-pointer with 9
seconds remaining, and No. 4 Arizona escaped an upset in its
holiday tournament with a 72-69 victory over Louisiana-Lafayette on
The shot off an inbounds pass from Mustafa Shakur broke a tie
produced when the Dwayne Mitchell of the Ragin' Cajuns dunked with
44 seconds to go. Teammate Brad Boyd missed a 3-point attempt in
the final seconds, and Chris Cameron's putback was late and rolled
over the rim.
Arizona coach Lute Olson picked up his 300th home victory
(300-30) and 18th title in the Fiesta Bowl Classic's 19 years. It
was Olson's 699th win in 31 years as a coach at Long Beach State,
Iowa and Arizona.
Olson has never lost in the event. The Wildcats were upset by
Mississippi State in the 2000 championship, but Olson was attending
to his cancer-stricken wife.
Hassan Adams had 23 points and 14 rebounds for the Wildcats
(8-1), who won their seventh straight, and Iguodala, who had a
triple-double in Sunday's 107-91 win over Liberty, finished with 20
points, nine rebounds and five assists.
Cajuns coach Jesse Evans, Olson's assistant from 1988-97, had
his team prepared for the first meeting between the programs.
Louisiana-Lafayette rattled the Wildcats, forcing them into a
season-high 23 turnovers, and led 67-65 on Landry's last 3-pointer
with 3:38 left.
In a 20-second span, Arizona's Channing Frye and Iguodala each
made a free throw to tie it, and Arizona regained the lead, 69-67,
with 1:15 to play when Adams got a defensive rebound, raced to the
other end and dunked off Iguodala's thread-the-needle pass through
The Cajuns outscored Arizona 19-1 in a run that began with 1:16
left in the first half, turning a 40-28 deficit into a 47-41 lead
on Landry's 3-pointer.
But the Wildcats regrouped after a timeout.
Ivan Radenovic put back a miss by Iguodala with 14:56 left,
Iguodala buried a 3-pointer 51 seconds later and Adams shot the
Wildcats into a 48-47 lead with a putback with 12:46 left.
The lead changed hands three more times before Arizona's Chris
Rodgers broke a 52-52 tie with a 3-pointer with 9:44 left.
Iguodala had a three-point play and Adams a 3-pointer to cap an
11-2 run that gave the Wildcats a 61-54 lead with 8:03 to go.