TUCSON, Arizona (Ticker) -- Marquette hasn't made many visits to the McKale Center and it might not want to return after facing Salim Stoudamire and Hassan Adams.
Stoudamire scored 27 points and Adams added 20 as ninth-ranked Arizona rallied for an 85-75 victory over the 21th-ranked Golden Eagles.
Making just their second visit to Tucson, the Golden Eagles (6-1) got off to a good start as they led 41-33 at halftime and built a 15-point lead 2:41 into the second half behind a pair a of 3-pointers by Steve Novak.
Stoudamire kept the Wildcats (4-1) in the game by connecting on 7-of-9 3-pointers before he headed to the bench with four fouls near the midway point of the second half. Adams, who came off Tuesday's 30-point performance vs. Texas, capped a 14-4 spurt by scoring five straight points to give Arizona a 74-64 cushion with 3:45 to play.
The 6-4 Adams, who plays forward despite being listed as a guard, capped his second straight big game with a pair of blocks down the stretch that helped Arizona win its third in a row.
"With those blocks, he looked like he was shot out of a cannon," Arizona coach Lute Olson said. "He's a real spirited athlete and he's just contagious."
"We can't be afraid," Adams said. "We feed off each other's energy and come back. Those blocks are what it's all about for me. I love those and getting the team fired up and the fans fired up."
The Wildcats weren't afraid when Stoudamire was forced to sit with 11 1/2 minutes remaining and Marquette holding a 57-53 lead. Instead they increased the intensity and Marquette never led after Terry Sanders' two free throws made it 64-62 with 7:10 remaining.
With the crowd getting behind them, the Wildcats used a series of athletic plays to seize control, while forcing the Golden Eagles into missed jumpers. They took the lead for good when Channing Frye's tip-in made it 66-64 with 6:45 remaining.
"When we get our energy going, we're like sharks smelling blood," said Frye, who had 11 points and 13 rebounds. "You can really feel it on the court. When Hassan made that block and I got that tip-in, you could just feel us coming back."
"We can't win at home or the road when we leave open shots," Marquette coach Tom Crean said. "Arizona took advantage of those open shots. Arizona had a game of runs. They are talented and have all areas covered."
Arizona outscored Marquette, 52-34, in the second half, limiting the Golden Eagles to 31 percent (11-of-36) shooting over the final 20 minutes.
Steve Novak and Travis Diener led Marquette with 21 points apiece. The 6-10 Novak got in foul trouble, forcing Crean to use a smaller lineup and the Golden Eagles struggled on both ends.
Diener played 38 minutes and dished out 10 assists without a turnover. But he scored just three points in the final 10 minutes.
"Their whole team shot well," Diener said, "Down the stretch we gave up easy layups and some transition threes. We took bad shots on offense and didn't keep it going."