Saint Mary's 61

(1-3, 0-2 away)

(24) Arizona 73

(4-3, 3-1 home)

    2:00 PM ET, December 10, 2005

    McKale Center, Tucson, Arizona

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    SMC 34 2761
    #24ARIZ 27 4673

    Top Performers

    Saint Mary's: D. Simpson 12 Pts, 9 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl

    Arizona: H. Adams 27 Pts, 8 Reb, 1 Ast, 5 Stl

    Adams, Arizona holds off pesky St. Mary's

    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- It's getting to be a familiar script.

    Arizona's Hassan Adams led a second-half charge, scoring 18 of his season-high 27 points after the break, and the 24th-ranked Wildcats rallied for a 73-61 win over Saint Mary's on Saturday.

    "I am not going to lose," said Adams, who also had eight rebounds. "I'm going to do what it takes, if it is offense or rebounding. My team feeds off me. I need to try to set the example."

    Arizona (4-3) tied a season high with 15 steals and forced the Gaels (1-3) into 24 turnovers. Daniel Kickert, averaging 21 points a game for Saint Mary's, was scoreless at halftime and finished with seven points, going 2-of-12 from the field.

    "No matter where he turned, there was somebody there," Arizona coach Lute Olson said. "We didn't get fooled by his faking. We stayed down and made it tougher for him to get shots."

    Ivan Radenovic did most of the work on Kickert and had nine points and nine rebounds, just missing a third consecutive double-double. Marcus Williams had 14 points to help Arizona go above .500 for the first time since winning its opener.

    But the Wildcats couldn't shake their season-long problem with 3-point shooting. After going 4-of-22 against Northern Arizona on Thursday, they were 0-for-10 against Saint Mary's.

    "I don't think we're playing like we should, but at the same time I know it will come around," Adams said.

    The Gaels were 4-for-17 from behind the arc in their third straight loss, disappointing coach Randy Bennett.

    "We are usually a good 3-point shooting team, and we struggled with that today," Bennett said. "It really frustrated me that we kept giving them easy baskets and making stupid fouls."

    Brett Collins led Saint Mary's with 13 points. Freshman Diamon Simpson had a season-high 12 points and nine rebounds, and Todd Golden scored 10 points.

    Saint Mary's led most of the game, including a 34-27 lead at halftime.

    Adams had 15 points in the second half against Northern Arizona, and this game was similar. He scored six in the opening 4:40 of the second half, during a charge that carried the Wildcats to a 40-39 lead with 14:19 left in the game -- their first lead since the opening minutes.

    Simpson had a basket at the 14:04 mark for the Gaels' last lead, 41-40.

    But Adams answered with a basket, starting a 13-6 run that he and Mustafa Shakur capped with transition baskets after Saint Mary's turnovers. Shakur's, with 7:54 remaining, sent the Wildcats to a 53-47 lead.

    Adams had baskets 27 seconds apart late in the game before being taken out with 1:17 to go.

    "We stopped taking shots," Collins said. "I don't think they did anything special."

    John Winston, a 2004-05 midseason transfer from UNLV who became eligible Friday, shot the Gaels into an early 7-2 lead with a 3-pointer, and they stretched it to 16-8 on a 3-pointer by Ian O'Leary with 13:26 left in the first half. Winston and Collins scored three points each as the Gaels outscored Arizona 8-1 before the half ended.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 61 73
    FG Made-Attempted 22-57 (.386) 23-54 (.426)
    3P Made-Attempted 4-17 (.235) 0-10 (.000)
    FT Made-Attempted 13-19 (.684) 27-35 (.771)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 26 (0/0) 16 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 8 13

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