The Arizona basketball team hoped its 67-57 victory over Stanford in Tucson, Ariz., Sunday served a larger purpose than a win in the Pac-10 standings.
“We came here to play hard today,” coach Sean Miller said, “and in a sense play for Tucson.”
Jamelle Horne, who lost his starting job one game before the Pac-10 season began, scored 16 points and grabbed 12 rebounds and Arizona completed a home sweep of the Bay Area schools in a contest pushed back a day because of Saturday’s mass shooting in suburban Tucson that left six people dead and critically wounded U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.
She and others hurt in the attack 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 for the game on a brilliantly sunny Sunday.
“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, 6-of-7 shooting overall, made all four of his 3-point attempts, two to lift the Wildcats out of trouble down the stretch. Derrick Williams, coming off a career-high 31 points in Arizona’s 73-71 victory over California on Thursday night, made all five of his shots, two of them 3-pointers, to finish with 14.
Josh Owens scored 18 and Jeremy Green 15 for Stanford.
Southern Cal 63, UCLA 52: Nikola Vucevic scored 20 points and the Trojans defeated the Bruins in Los Angeles for their fourth straight win over their crosstown rival.
Alex Stepheson had 13 points and 16 rebounds playing his first game without the cast he had worn since breaking a bone in his left hand before the season. Jio Fontan added 10 points despite foul trouble for Southern Cal.
Reeves Nelson scored 14 points and Jerime Anderson added 11 for UCLA. Joshua Smith scored eight points playing much of the second half with four fouls.