Cats Rally To Defeat Saint Mary's
By BOB BAUM
AP Sports Writer
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Channing Frye scored 18 of his career-high 26 points inthe second half and No. 7 Arizona escaped with an 84-78 victory over St. Mary'son Wednesday night.
The Wildcats (5-1) trailed 76-69 after Daniel Kickert's inside bank shotwith 3:03 to play, but outscored the Gaels 15-2 the rest of the way.
Arizona never led in the second half until Salim Stoudamire passed inside toFrye for a layup to put the Wildcats up 79-78 with 55 seconds remaining.
Stoudamire scored six of his 16 points in the late run, including a steal ofan inbounds pass and layup that cut the lead to 78-77 with 1:36 to play.
Kickert and Paul Marigney each scored 19 points for the Gaels (6-4), whileFrederic Adjiwanou had 17 points and 11 rebounds.
The Gaels, who lost to Southern California in overtime earlier this season,went on a 19-4 run late in the first half and early in the second to go up51-44 on Marigney's driving layup with 15:52 to play. St. Mary's led 59-52after Jonathan Sanders' rebound basket with 11:39 left.
Arizona tied it 62-62 when Adams capped a 10-3 spurt with a breakaway stuffwith 7:36 to play. But Tyler Herr hit two 3-pointers in a 12-3 outburst thatput St. Mary's ahead 74-65 just 4:53 from the finish.
The Wildcats went 7-of-8 from the free throw line in their final run,including 4-of-4 by Stoudamire.
Frye was having an awful game before coach Lute Olson benched him and gavehim a lecture on the sideline. Frye came back and eventually dominated thegame. The junior center was 7-of-11 from the field in the second half.
The Gaels finished the first half with a 9-1 run to tie it at 41-41. Neitherteam scored in the last 2:08.
St. Mary's kept it going at the start of the second half, outscoring Arizona10-3 in the first 4:08.
Arizona's lone first-half spark was a 9-0 spurt that put the Wildcats up40-32 on Stoudamire's 3-pointer with 4:21 to play.
Marigney was 3-for-5 from 3-point range and scored 13 points in the firsthalf for St. Mary's. Adams scored 14 points in the first half for Arizona on6-for-8 shooting.
In their last meeting two seasons ago, the Wildcats routed St. Mary's101-41. Arizona hasn't dropped a nonconference game at home since losing toConnecticut on Jan. 26, 2002.