4:00 PM ET, January 25, 2004
McKale Center, Tucson, Arizona
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 halftime lead."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 opponents.Andre Iguodala added 14 points for the Wildcats, who won their third straight since a two-game skid knocked them out of the Top Ten.Luke Jackson had 20 points, six rebounds and six assists for Oregon (9-5, 4-3), while Ian Crosswhite scored 11 points and Mitch Platt had 10.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 remaining.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 them."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," Jackson said.
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