Liberty 91

(3-8, 1-5 away)

(5) Arizona 107

(7-1, 6-1 home)

    6:00 PM ET, December 28, 2003

    McKale Center, Tucson, Arizona

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    LIB 34 5791
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    (5) ARIZONA 107, LIBERTY 91

    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- Only a few games into his sophomore season, Andre Iguodala is getting familiar with Arizona's record book.

    Iguodala had 13 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists for his second triple-double, and only the eighth in school history, leading the fifth-ranked Wildcats past Liberty 107-91 in the first round of the Fiesta Bowl Classic on Sunday night.

    He joined Loren Woods as the only Wildcats to have two, a rare accomplishment in the 40-minute college game. It was the 18th triple-double by a Pac-10 player since 1987.

    Jason Kidd had four for California, and Oregon's Luke Jackson is the only other player in the conference with two.

    "After I got the last one (Dec. 9 against Texas), I researched it a little bit and saw Loren Woods had two," Iguodala said. "I said I had to catch him. Tonight was the right night."

    He was one basket and one rebound short at halftime, but had just four assists.

    "I needed six assists," Iguodala said. "I didn't think I was going to get them, so I was just trying to hit the open man and do the best I can."

    The Wildcats (7-1) will meet Louisiana-Lafayette, which beat Valparaiso 95-71 in the other first-round game, for the championship Tuesday.

    Arizona is 35-1 in its holiday tournament, losing by one point to Mississippi State in the 2000 title game -- the only Fiesta Classic game Hall of Fame coach Lute Olson has missed. Olson was at the bedside of his critically ill wife.

    Iguodala picked up his last assist on a pass to Mustafa Shakur for a reverse layup with 6:34 left in the game. It opened a 96-64 lead, and Iguodala took a seat.

    "It is not very often you get the opportunity to get a triple-double," Olson said. "That was the only reason we left him in as long as we did."

    Liberty coach Randy Dunton said he couldn't find a matchup to stop the elusive Iguodala.

    "(He) was the man out there," Dunton said.

    Serbian recruit Ivan Radenovic had 17 points and nine rebounds in his college debut, and Salim Stoudamire scored 17 points.

    Channing Frye had 15 points, and Hassan Adams and Chris Rodgers added 12 points each for the Wildcats, who won their sixth in a row since a 78-77 loss to Florida at a tournament in Springfield, Mass.

    Reserve David Dees had 18 points to lead Liberty (3-8), which trailed by at least 30 points for most of the second half until outscoring the Wildcats 24-7 in the final five minutes.

    Ryan Mantlo had 17 points and eight assists, Larry Blair scored 17 and Gabe Martin 14 for the Flames.

    "I'm happy with the performance we put out there," Mantlo said. "Offensively, we played a good game."

    Radenovic, 19, graduated in May from the Secondary School of Sports in his native Belgrade and joined the Wildcats Dec. 20, but was ineligible until the first game of the tournament.

    He saw his first action just over four minutes in. In the next two minutes, the 6-foot-10 forward showed his all-around attributes, banking in a turnaround and making a 15-foot baseline jumper.

    The scores were part of a 13-2 run that Rodgers capped with a three-point play, opening a 29-10 lead with less than eight minutes to play in the first half.

    "I was nervous, very much," Radenovic said. "It has been six months since I have played. I wasn't ready yet; in a few days I will be ready. I need to run better. These guys play very fast."

    Stoudamire, who was 4-of-5 on 3-pointers, created the first 30-point lead of the game -- 70-40 -- with his last one with 15:48 left in the contest.

    Frye had a personal 7-0 run midway through the second half, opening an 87-52 lead with 10:06 to go, and Adams drove for a layup that sent the Wildcats to an 89-52 lead, their biggest, eight seconds later.

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