Salim Stoudamire's top five moments as an Arizona Wildcat.
Source: Arizona Daily Wildcat, By Ivan Leonard, Published 1/21/16
On Tuesday, the Pac-12 Conference announced the 12 former student-athletes who will join the men’s basketball Hall of Honor, and Salim Stoudamire was picked as the Arizona representative.
The sweet-shooting southpaw, who led the NCAA in 3-point shooting as a senior with a 50.4 percent shooting-clip, broke multiple 3-point shooting records in his four-year span at Arizona.
Most of those records still stand to this day including most 3s made in a game, season and a career.
He also racked up many accolades including Freshman of the Year, 2005 Tournament MVP, second-team All Pac-12 in 2005 and consensus All-American in 2005.
Despite playing with multiple NBA standouts including Channing Frye and Andre Iguodala, the fiery combo guard always stood out with his limitless range and passion for the game.
In honor of his induction, here is a compilation of his top-five moments at Arizona.
In what would be his final Pac-10 game, Stoudamire set the Pac-10 Tournament record with seven 3s in the championship round against Washington. He started off hot with 23 points in the first half en route to a career- high 37-point performance in a losing effort.
Stoudamire became one of only two players to earn MVP honors despite not winning the Tournament.
After trailing the majority of the game, Stoudamire hit a game-winning 3-pointer against UCLA to cap off the comeback for No. 17 Arizona in January of 2005.
After Arron Afflalo tied the game at 73, Stoudamire coolly took the ball down the court and nailed a score over the outstretched arm of Afflalo to cap off a 32- point game for him.
Stoudamire responded to a first-half benching by scoring 24 points in the second half. He said he was inspired by former Wildcat and cousin Damon Stoudamire’s 54-point outburst the night before.
On his last visit to the school up north, Stoudamire hit a game-winner with under a second to go to give Arizona a victory over ASU. The win gave Lute Olson his 305th win and clinched the Pac-10 title for Arizona.
A few days after being benched by Lute Olson, Stoudamire led a furious rally to stun the No. 6 Kansas Jayhawks on the road. After trailing by as many as 20, the Wildcats would outscore Kansas 52-22 in the second half, with the sophomore posting a then-career high 32 points, including 20 in the second half to lead the charge.
The top-ranked Wildcats would end up winning 91-74 to hand Kansas its then most lopsided home-loss since 1989.
Stoudamire’s top moment as a Wildcat came in his final victory for the blue and red. In the 2005 Sweet 16, he knocked down a game-winning fade away with under two seconds to give the Wildcats the victory.
This win would also be Lute Olson’s final Elite Eight as the Wildcats would not advance this far again until 2011, Sean Miller’s second year.