No. 4 Arizona Sinks Sun Devils 93-74
By MEL REISNER
AP Sports Writer
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - Arizona coach Lute Olson simply pointed toward the scoreboard in response to Arizona State's rowdy fans.
The fourth-ranked Wildcats gave Olson his 700th career victory Saturday, with Channing Frye playing preseason All-American Ike Diogu to a standstill in a 93-74 rout of the Sun Devils on Saturday.
'I've been learning all sorts of new words from that student section down there for years, and I thought, 'You probably should learn to keep your mouth closed when you're down 30-something,'' the soft-spoken Olson said.
Salim Stoudamire had 26 points and Frye had 17 points and seven rebounds.
'I can't make this a one-on-one battle,' Frye said. 'I think Ike is a great player, and he does what he has to do for his team to win. But this is a team game.'
Olson is 700-240 in 31 years as a coach at Long Beach State, Iowa and Arizona, 508-148 in 21 years with the Wildcats.
The 2002 Hall of Fame inductee is the 19th college coach to reach 700 and the fourth still active, trailing Bob Knight, Lou Henson and Eddie Sutton.
Diogu had 18 points and 11 rebounds, but double teams by Frye and a teammate forced him outside in the first half, and the sophomore had one of his worst games, hitting 5-of-17 from the field.
'They did a real good job keeping a lot of guys around me, and just made it tough to hit the shots that I normally do,' Diogu said. 'It's just a disappointing loss.'
Steve Moore had 23 points and Jamal Hill 15 for the Sun Devils (6-4, 0-1), who have not beaten a team with a winning record and lost to Western Michigan at home on Tuesday.
The same night, the Wildcats committed a season-high 23 turnovers and were extended before beating Louisiana-Lafeyette on a 3-pointer by Andre Iguodala. Stoudamire went scoreless for the second time in his career in the Fiesta Bowl Classic championship, and came in anxious to redeem himself.
He made six 3-pointers - one short of a career high - in nine attempts, burying all four tries in the second half.
'This is the new year, 2004, and one of my resolutions is to keep it positive,' Stoudamire said. 'The games count now. The game before, preseason, I mean, I care, but not too much.'
The Wildcats led 46-30 at halftime and by at least 20 points most of the second half, taking an 84-50 lead on a three-point play by Adams with 7:58 remaining before Olson began using reserves.
By then, Arizona had its 17th win in the last 18 meetings with its archrival.
'I was really looking forward to today's ball game,' Sun Devils coach Rob Evans said. 'I thought our guys would come out and compete a little harder than we did. We got outcompeted in the first half - Arizona got all the loose balls and beat us on the glass.'
Only four players scored for Arizona State in the first half, when the Sun Devils shot 30 percent.
The Wildcats opened a 16-9 lead on Stoudamire's 3-pointer with 13:52 left in the first half.
Hill and Moore made 3-pointers 45 seconds apart, and the Sun Devils cut the deficit to 20-19 with 10:07 to go. But that was as close as they got.
Moore's was the Sun Devils' last field goal in a 5:21 span, and a big swing occurred when Moore's baseline jumper wouldn't drop. At the other end, Adams made a 3-pointer with 7:43 to go.
That made it 27-21 during a 26-8 run capped by Shakur's jumper with 42 seconds left for a 46-27 Arizona lead.
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