10:30 PM ET, February 19, 2004
McArthur Court, Eugene, Oregon
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- Less than a week after scoring a career-high 34 points against UCLA, Salim Stoudamire bettered himself with 37 against Oregon."I made a conscious effort to be aggressive," Stoudamire said Thursday night after leading No. 14 Arizona to a 100-87 victory over the Ducks.Hassan Adams added 26 points and 14 rebounds for Arizona (17-6, 9-5 Pac-10), the league's second-place team behind top-ranked and undefeated Stanford.Luke Jackson had a career-high 42 points for Oregon (12-8, 7-6). The senior forward's previous best was 39 set earlier this season against Oregon State. He also had 10 rebounds.Arizona led by as many as 16 points in a game marked by technical fouls on both head coaches, Oregon's Ernie Kent and Arizona's Lute Olson.The Ducks, who trailed 54-38 at the half, pulled to 83-76 with 7:02 left on Jackson's layup. The Wildcats stretched it out again when Channing Frye's dunk made it 87-76."It was very tense for me, they wanted it badly and the crowd was into it," Olson said. "But I'm glad our guys kept their composure."While the Ducks have won 37 of their last 41 games at noisy McArthur Court, the Wildcats have won their last two visits.After trailing 17-5 early, Oregon pulled to 24-20 on Mitch Platt's layup. But Stoudamire answered with a 3-pointer.When Jackson's dunk cut Arizona's lead to 38-31, Andre Iguodala hit a layup and a 3-pointer, and Frye punctuated the run with a dunk to put the Wildcats up 45-31 and rob the Ducks of any momentum."I didn't want to lose this game without the ball in my hands," Jackson said about his points. "I only have so many games left here."Stoudamire was selected Pac-10 Player of the Week this week after he had his previous career-high 34 points in Arizona's 107-83 victory over UCLA last Saturday.Although the Portland, Ore., native was heckled mercilessly by the McArthur Court crowd, Stoudamire kept his cool and hit six of eight 3-pointers."I was really feeding off the energy," he said.Arizona swept USC and UCLA at home last weekend after losing on the road to Stanford and California.The Wildcats don't yet have a sweep on the road this season. They've gone without winning two games on a league road trip only three times in the past 18 years."We're playing good," Adams said. "We just need to keep getting better, getting focused."The sky's the limit."Arizona next plays Oregon State in Corvallis, Ore., on Saturday, before going home for its final three regular-season games.The Ducks, meanwhile, need to win nearly all of their remaining five games and have a good showing in the conference tournament to have any hopes of an NCAA Tournament bid.As the lead slipped away against Arizona in the first half, Kent became frustrated with non-calls against the Wildcats. He was handed just his second technical foul in seven seasons with the Ducks.Olson got a technical in the second half when he disagreed with a personal foul call on Adams. After Olson chased down a referee near Oregon's bench, the crowd chanted "Kick Lute Out!""It shows you how much each team wanted this game," Jackson said.The game also saw the return of Oregon point guard Aaron Brooks, who fractured his right wrist against UCLA on Jan. 4.Last month, Arizona routed Oregon 90-66 in Tucson."They're a very dangerous offensive team," Jackson said. "Every single guy is a weapon."
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