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Stoudamire's 22 leads second-half surge

2/12/2004

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- When the 16th-ranked Arizona Wildcats are
at their best, they are a slam-dunking circus. Their 58-point
second half against Southern California was a three-ring spectacle.

Salim Stoudamire scored 22 points and to lead six Arizona
players in double figures in a 97-70 victory over the Trojans on
Thursday night.

Down by a point at the break, the Wildcats (15-6, 7-5 Pac-10)
broke loose and avenged one of their worst losses of the season --
99-90 at USC on Jan. 15. The Trojans (9-12, 4-8) have lost six of
seven since then.

Stoudamire was a main reason the Wildcats shut down Desmon
Farmer, who scored 40 in the victory over Arizona a month ago but
had just 11 points on 4-for-15 shooting Thursday night.

"Before the game, I saw him on the training table," Stoudamire
said. "He was bobbing his head, listening to his music. I felt he
thought he was going to kill us again. That was not going to
happen."

Arizona, 1-3 on the road in the past two weeks -- and coming off
losses at Cal and Stanford -- shot 68 percent (19-for-28) in the
second half.

"Arizona had a rough week last week," USC coach Henry Bibby
said. "The situation could work two ways -- it could affect them
and they could come out not ready to play, or it could work like it
did tonight. Arizona came out ready to play."

Chris Rodgers, who had 14 points and four steals, triggered the
Wildcats' tough second-half defense.

"I try to give my team energy, something to get the team
going," he said. "I will give it everything I've got."

Hassan Adams scored 15 points, including a stuff on a half-court
pass from Mustafa Shakur to put the Wildcats up 87-65 with 3:31
left. Andre Iguodala scored 14, including a two-handed reverse-dunk
that gave Arizona a 77-59 lead with 6:33 to play.

Shakur and Channing Frye added 10 points apiece for the
Wildcats.

Gregg Guenther Jr. led the Trojans with 17 points. Jeff McMillan
added 13 points but committed seven of USC's 21 turnovers.

"I thought the pressure really started with Chris Rodgers on
the point," Arizona coach Lute Olson said. "It made it difficult
for them to get in their operational zone."

Iguodala had 11 rebounds as the Wildcats -- outrebounded 42-26 at
USC -- had a 40-38 edge on the boards. The Trojans shot 27 percent
in the second half (9-for-34) and 35 percent for the game.

Referee Bruce Hicks threw two heckling Wildcats' fans out of the
game with three minutes to play.

Arizona used a 14-0 outburst to take a 66-53 lead after
Stoudamire's two free throws with 11:20 left. With point guard
Errick Craven on the bench with four fouls, USC committed four
consecutive turnovers in the Wildcats' run.

Iguodala had a no-look assist to Frye for a stuff, then a
one-handed, breakaway stuff in the outburst.

Adams had consecutive dunks, one on a long lob pass from
Stoudamire, and Arizona led 75-58 with 7:45 left.

"We couldn't answer their runs in the second half," Guenther
said. "Their defense picked up real intensively, and we just had
no answer. We couldn't get past half-court, and that's what killed
us."

The Wildcats got off to their customary slow start, falling
behind 9-0 and 13-4. Arizona rallied with a 7-1 spurt to tie it at
21 on Ivan Radenovic's tip-in with 9:21 left in the half, and took
its first lead, 27-26, on Rodgers' 3-pointer with 5:49 to play.

Craven's 3-pointer triggered a 7-0 run that put USC up 40-36
after Farmer sank a 16-footer with 51 seconds to play until the
break, and the Trojans had the ball with a chance to expand the
lead.

A three-point play by Rodgers closed Arizona to 40-39 at
halftime.

USC hasn't won at Arizona since 1985.