No. 1 Arizona Goes Outside To Beat Cal
By GREG BEACHAM
AP Sports Writer
BERKELEY, Calif. - Salim Stoudamire hit six 3-pointers and scored 20points as top-ranked Arizona took control of the Pac-10 race on Thursday nightwith its seventh straight victory, 88-75 over No. 23 California.
Luke Walton also scored 20 points, hitting all three of his 3-point attemptsas the Wildcats (22-2, 14-1) snapped Cal's 17-game home winning streak. Arizonahas won nine straight over the Golden Bears (19-6, 12-4), who lost at HaasPavilion for the first time since the Wildcats' visit last season.
With exceptional outside shooting by Stoudamire and Walton, the Wildcatseliminated Cal from contention for the conference title. Arizona can clinch the10th Pac-10 title of coach Lute Olson's tenure with a win at Stanford onSaturday.
After beating Arizona State last weekend with a big game from theirfrontcourt, the Wildcats were sparked by their perimeter game against theBears. In addition to Stoudamire's exceptional outside shooting, Jason Gardnerhad 15 points and seven rebounds.
Channing Frye added 15 points for Arizona.
Arizona made nine of its first 11 shots, including four 3-pointers byStoudamire. Cal cut the lead to three points midway through the second half,but Stoudamire scored five straight points during a 13-4 run that put it away.
Stoudamire's six 3-pointers matched his career best, set earlier this yearagainst Kansas.
Walton, who has struggled for much of his senior season, went 7-for-9 fromthe field - an efficiency matched by Stoudamire, who also went 7-for-9.
Walton also played tight defense on Cal's Amit Tamir, holding one of thePac-10's most dangerous outside shooters to 16 points on 5-of-13 shooting.
Joe Shipp, the conference's leading scorer, had 17 points and seven reboundsfor Cal while playing with a noticeable limp from an undisclosed injury. BrianWethers scored 18 points, but the rest of the Bears' roster beyond its topthree scorers managed just 24 points.
Cal was the only Pac-10 team without a home loss this season.
The Golden Bears have ended Stanford's dominance against them with twostraight victories over their Bay area rival, but the Pac-10's other perennialpower still has their number. Arizona has won 17 of its last 19 meetings withCal.