TUCSON, Arizona (Ticker) -- Andre Iguodala nailed a 3-pointer with nine seconds left to help fourth-ranked Arizona squeak out a 72-69 victory over pesky Louisiana-Lafayette and capture the Fiesta Bowl Classic.
Arizona freshman Mustafa Shakur was inbounding underneath the basket with 12 seconds left when he made an outstanding one-handed bounce pass to a wide-open Iguodala in the left corner. Ragin' Cajuns guard Dwayne Mitchell fell down in a desperate attempt to contest Iguodala, whose shot swished through.
"We ran the play for Hassan (Adams) or Channing (Frye) actually but it ended up coming around to me," Iguodala said. "I was just thinking about how I was wide open and there was only two seconds left on the shot clock so I had to take it. It felt pretty good coming off my hand."
The Ragin' Cajuns had one last chance to tie the game, but Brad Boyd missed a 3-pointer as time expired.
"They're a very fine team and they do a lot of the same things we do with Jesse (Evans) as coach," Arizona coach Lute Olson said. "We knew that nothing we did would be much of a surprise to them because they run many of the same things."
Iguodala and Adams scored 23 points apiece to lift the Wildcats (8-1) to their seventh straight win. Adams had 14 rebounds while Iguodala grabbed eight and was named tournament MVP.
Antoine Landry led Louisiana-Lafayette (4-4) with 20 points on 6-of-10 3-pointers and Mitchell added 11. Mitchell's dunk with 44 seconds remaining tied the game, 69-69, and set up Iguodala's heroics.
"When you play a team like Arizona, you have to make them work for every shot and then it takes some time off the clock and hopefully you can get it close into the last five minutes and that's what we did," said Evans, formerly an assistant at Arizona for nine seasons under Olson. "I'm very proud of this team and it shows tonight why I like them so much."
Arizona is 37-1 in the 19-year history of the event. The Wildcats' only loss came exactly three years ago when Mississippi State posted a 75-74 triumph when Olson was absent to be with his sick wife.
The Wildcats held a 49-32 advantage on the backboards and grabbed 29 offensive rebounds but kept the game close by committing 23 turnovers. Salim Stoudamire was held scoreless in 24 minutes on 0-for-6 shooting.