TUCSON, Ariz. -- Jason Terry, Miles Simon and the rest of Arizonaˇ?s 1997 national championship team led the Blue All-Stars past the White All-Stars, 132-124, in the fun-filled 2007 Lute Olson All-Star Classic Shootout on Sunday at McKale Center.
The festivities included performances by the Phoenix Suns Gorilla, the Phoenix Suns Dancers and halftime recognition of the 1997 team.
Arizona head coach Lute Olson enjoyed the game as a spectator in the front row, and remarked after the game, "This game is indicative of how these guys feel about the program. They love coming back here to see their buddies and even get together with the guys they have never played with before."
Terry led all scorers with 30 points and was followed closely by Simon with 24 points. Fellow national champion and Blue All-Star Eugene Edgerson was the only player to register a double-double, as he scored 11 points and pulled down 10 rebounds.
In addition to his 30 points, Terry stayed busy by shooting t-shirts into the crowd, taking a digital camera onto the court to take a photograph during the action and relieving a UA yell leader of his megaphone to lead the crowd in cheers while the White All-Stars were shooting free throws.
Fresh off some good-natured ribbing from UAˇ?s $3.5 million benefactor Richard Jefferson, who had 17 points of his own, Gilbert Arenas tallied 25 points for the White All-Stars ?C all but eight of which came in the fourth quarter.
Fan favorite Steve Kerr came off the bench for the White All-Stars and delighted the crowd of 8,101 with 11 points, including a trio of three-pointers in an efficient six attempts.
"It was an awesome day," Kerr said. "All of us had a great time; itˇ?s always good to get together and play against one another. The fans were great and to top it off it was all for a good cause."
A total of 25 former Wildcats saw action in the exhibition, which has now been held three times in the last five years.
While addressing the crowd at halftime, Olson announced that the players donated a combined $50,000 towards research and treatment of womenˇ?s cancer at the University of Arizona.
Arizona Head Coach Lute Olson Quotes
"This game is indicative of how these guys feel about the program. They love coming back here to see their buddies and even get together with the guys that they have never played with before. Itˇ?s a good time for everyone. I only wish that we had gotten all of the families out there at half time to share the experience, but weˇ?ll be sure to do that next time."
"It was an awesome day. All of us had a great time; itˇ?s always good to get together and play against one another. It was a lot of fun, the fans were great and it was all for a good cause."
"It was really cool to get a chance to be around everyone again. Most of us never get a chance to get together so today was perfect for us. We had a lot of fun and it is really cool how we can all get together like this."
"Itˇ?s always good to be back at your alma matter and hang out with people that you rarely get to see any more. This is a great experience because we get to play with teammates and UA legends."
"Everyone had a lot of fun. We were all out there laughing and having a great time on the court, which is always great to see."
"This event is always a good time for everyone. I especially had a fun because I got to play next to four other guys from the ˇ?97 team and it felt just like old times."
"I think my team (blue) played really well together. We won so I guess thatˇ?s the important thing."
"Itˇ?s a great feeling to be back in the city of Tucson. Itˇ?s great that we can get the support of the people here who not only supported us while playing for Arizona, but also how they have supported us since moving on."
"I can tell we are all getting a little older out here, but once we got loose we ended up putting on a good show and everyone, especially the fans had a great time."
"Itˇ?s great that everyone could come back for this. I think itˇ?s great that the legends and the younger guys can get together and support Arizona. I think we are the only team out there that does this and itˇ?s great that we have such great community support. Itˇ?s really cool how the community comes back to support their UA favorites."