TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- Arizona's big first half was no accident.
The Wildcats went up against Oregon hoping for a quick start.
"We wanted a game where we could come out and jump on them,"
said Hassan Adams, who had 20 points in the Wildcats' (No. 12 ESPN/USA Today, No. 14 AP)
90-66 victory over the Ducks on Sunday. "We felt this would be a
great opportunity to work on that."
Channing Frye had 18 points and 11 rebounds and Ivan Radenovic
had a season-high 19 points, 15 in the first half when the Wildcats
(13-3, 5-2 Pac-10) had an 18-0 run on the way to a 25-point
"The first half was just spectacular," Arizona coach Lute
Olson said. "Defensively, we created a lot of problems for Oregon,
and it was very hard for them to get many good looks."
Radenovic, a freshman from Serbia playing in his ninth college
game, also had eight rebounds, and Arizona had a 42-30 edge on the
boards against a team that had outrebounded nine of 13 previous
Andre Iguodala added 14 points for the Wildcats, who won their
third straight since a two-game skid knocked them out of the Top
But the Ducks, the nation's top team in 3-point accuracy, were
stymied by Arizona's defense, hitting only five of 19 beyond the
arc and committing 19 turnovers to the Wildcats' eight.
Arizona leads the nation in scoring and has hit 90 points in
four straight games, routing UCLA and Oregon State since losing at
Southern California on Jan. 15.
"We are not trying to make up losses, but just get better for
ourselves," Frye said.
The Wildcats appeared on their way to another lopsided win after
taking the 52-27 halftime lead.
But the Ducks, who had 13 turnovers to Arizona's one in the
first half, rallied with a 13-2 run early in the second half and
closed within 67-53 on a reverse layup by James Davis with 11:33
Then Arizona got its transition game going and began taking
safer shots -- Frye, Adams and Iguodala all had dunks in a spurt
that Salim Stoudamire capped with a fast break layup for a 79-57
lead with 7:28 left in the game.
Jackson had a three-point play and made a runner, pulling Oregon
within 79-64 with 5:23 to go, but Arizona responded again and put
the game out of reach.
"Arizona is an awesome team," Oregon coach Ernie Kent said.
"They are a better basketball team than what we showed today. They
had the best first half that I have seen in a long time from
Three of Oregon's first four field goals were 3-pointers, and
the Ducks pulled into a tie at 11 on a 3 by Brandon Lincoln 4:15
into the game.
But Radenovic had two 3-pointers, a layup and a three-point play
during a 25-4 run over the next 8:08.
Arizona scored the last 18 points of the run -- all but one on
field goals -- and took a 36-15 lead on Mustafa Shakur's 12-foot
pullup with 7:37 left in the half.
"They're going to go on runs, but you can't let them go on an
18-0 run, because if they do that's pretty much the ballgame,"
Maryland point guard Melo Trimble, considered a lock to leave the program before struggling in the second half last season, has withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return for his junior season.
Louisville's Chinanu Onuaku, who recently underwent a medical procedure to correct a heart rhythm issue detected during the combine, will keep his name in the NBA draft pool.
Andrew White III will return to the Nebraska men's basketball team next season after removing his name from the NBA draft.