Frye Leads Wildcats Past N. Arizona
By BOB BAUM
AP Sports Writer
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Channing Frye scored 20 points and Andre Iguodala added18 to lead No. 4 Arizona to a 107-73 season-opening victory Monday night overNorthern Arizona, giving coach Lute Olson his 500th victory with the Wildcats.
Isaiah Fox, suspended from the two previous exhibition games for stealing acandy bar and bagels from a school store, had his first career double-doublewith 15 points and 11 rebounds.
Freshman point guard Mustafa Shakur had 14 points on 5-for-7 shooting in hiscollege debut for the Wildcats. Reserve Chris Rodgers had 14 points, whileHassan Adams had nine points, nine rebounds, five blocked shots and threesteals.
Salim Stoudamire, along with Frye the only returning starters for Arizona,was just 2-for-12 shooting and 1-for-9 on 3-pointers, but had a game-high sevenassists. Iguodala had four of his team's 11 steals.
Kodiak Yazzie scored 16 points to lead the Lumberjacks. Ruben Boyken andAdrian Hayes added 14 apiece.
Northern Arizona shot just 32 percent for the game and was outrebounded62-44, 27-20 on the offensive boards.
Olson, beginning his 21st season at Arizona, is 500-147 with the Wildcats.The 69-year-old coach needs eight victories to reach 700 overall. His record is692-239 at Long Beach State, Iowa and Arizona.
Northern Arizona led 2-0, then the Wildcats scored 13 in a row and the routwas on.
Arizona took a 53-28 lead on Adams' layup with six seconds left in the half,then Chris Ferguson sank one from half-court at the buzzer to make it 53-31 atthe break.
Salim Stoudamire, 0-for-7 in the first half, sank a 3-pointer to ignite a22-5 run to open the second half and put the Wildcats up 75-36 on Shakur'sdriving layup with 14:39 to play. Arizona made nine of 13 shots during thatstretch.
Northern Arizona (1-1), playing without returning starter Aaron Bond - outwith an ankle injury - shot 29 percent in the first half, including 4-for-20 on3-pointers, and was outrebounded 35-20.
Arizona plays No. 8 Florida Friday night at the MassMutual Classic inSpringfield, Mass.
The Wildcats begin the season ranked in the top 10 for fourth time in fiveyears. They won't play a home game again until Dec. 13 against Marquette.