No. 7 Arizona Dominates UCLA
By BETH HARRIS
AP Sports Writer
LOS ANGELES - Channing Frye tied his career high with 26 points and No.7 Arizona easily handed UCLA its first Pac-10 loss with a 97-72 victorySaturday.
Lute Olson became Arizona's all-time coaching leader with his 510th victory.He also has 150 losses in 21 seasons in Tucson. Fred Enke was 509-324 in his36-year career that ended in 1961.
The Wildcats (11-3, 3-2 Pac-10) ended their two-game losing skid bydominating the Bruins (9-4, 5-1) from the opening tip.
The Wildcats shot 70 percent from 3-point range in the first half afterhitting a combined 24 percent in consecutive losses to Stanford and SouthernCalifornia.
They raced to a 10-2 lead and eventually built a 16-point lead before theBruins scored the final five points to trail 48-37 at halftime.
UCLA put up a brief fight to start the second half by outscoring theWildcats 9-5 to close within seven points.
Arizona then scored 10 in a row, including six by Frye, and never lookedback. The Bruins dissolved in a sequence of missed shots and turnovers. Theyneeded a goaltending call just to stop Arizona's run.
The Wildcats kept up their amazing performance from long range. Hassan Adamsand Salim Stoudamire hit back-to-back 3-pointers for a 69-50 lead. ThenStoudamire scored eight straight - including two 3-pointers - for an 88-62 leadwith 5:45 remaining.
Fans poured out of Pauley Pavilion when UCLA fell behind by 30 points.
Stoudamire finished with 25 points and Adams scored 23.
The Wildcats shot 61 percent from long range and made a season-high 143-pointers. Stoudamire tied his season high with seven and Adams added four.
Dijon Thompson led UCLA with 19 points and Trevor Ariza added 18. The Bruinsshot just 40 percent for the game and were outrebounded 39-31.
Although the Bruins were undefeated in the Pac-10, they had yet to beat abig-time opponent or get into the national rankings this season. They hadcompiled a 5-0 record against teams with a combined 6-16 conference record.
But they can take consolation in the fact that it wasn't their worst-everloss to Arizona. That happened last season, when the Wildcats won 87-52 -UCLA's largest defeat ever at Pauley.
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