The Arizona basketball team hoped its 67-57 win over Stanford served a larger purpose than a mark in the Pacific-10 Conference standings.
“We came here to play hard today,” coach Sean Miller said, “and in a sense play for Tucson.”
Jamelle Horne scored 16 points and grabbed 12 rebounds and Arizona completed a home sweep of the Bay Area schools in a contest postponed a day because of Saturday’s mass shooting in suburban Tucson that left six people dead and critically wounded U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.
The wouned were being treated at University Medical Center, just a few blocks from McKale Center, where Arizona’s largest home crowd of the season – 14,374 – showed up on a sunny Sunday.
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“We just wanted to come together and help the city out through our play this afternoon,” Arizona’s Solomon Hill said. “Our focus was that we were playing for the city in this tough time.”
Horne, made all four of his 3-point shots as the Wildcats (14-3 overall, 3-1 Pac-10) held off the Cardinal (9-5, 2-1).
Josh Owens scored 18 points for Stanford.
There was an increased police presence at the game and fans noted a more thorough search of their belongings than usual.
Before tipoff, university president Robert Shelton spoke to the crowd from center court, thanking Stanford for its cooperation and praising doctors at nearby University Medical Center “without whose efforts we’d have a lot of dead people right now in Tucson.”
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At No. 1 Duke 71, Maryland 64: Kyle Singler had 25 points and 10 rebounds as the Blue Devils (15-0, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) beat the Terrapins (10-5, 0-2) and extended their winning streak to 25.
At No. 2 Ohio State 67, Minnesota 64: David Lighty scored 19 points and the Buckeyes (16-0, 3-0 Big Ten) survived a scare when Austin Hollins’ 3-pointer came up short in the final seconds for the Golden Gophers (12-4, 1-3).
No. 3 Kansas 67, at Michigan 60 (OT): Marcus Morris scored 22 points, and the Jayhawks (15-0) survived in overtime after blowing a 13-point lead to the Wolverines (11-5).
At No. 7 Villanova 72, No. 24 Cincinnati 61: Corey Fisher scored 21 points, Maalik Wayns had 13 of his 15 in the second half and the Wildcats (14-1, 3-0 Big East) handed the Bearcats (15-1, 2-1) their first loss of the season.
At No. 11 Purdue 75, Iowa 52: Ryne Smith scored 18 points to lead the Boilermakers (15-1, 4-0 Big Ten) over the Hawkeyes (7-8, 0-3).
At No. 5 Tennessee 86, Mississippi 46: Shekinna Stricklen and Meighan Simmons had 18 points apiece to lead the Vols (15-2, 3-0 SEC) over the Rebels (8-6, 1-1).
No. 8 North Carolina 84, at Boston College 83: Jessica Breland had 18 points and nine rebounds, scoring on a late tip-in to help the Tar Heels (15-1, 1-1 ACC) hold off the Eagles (13-3, 0-1).
Georgia 61, at No. 10 Kentucky 59: Khaalidah Miller scored 24 points to help the Bulldogs (12-3, 2-0 SEC) upset the Wildcats (11-4, 0-2).