No. 10 Arizona Tops Wright St., 83-66
Nov. 18, 2004
By BOB BAUM
AP Sports Writer
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Salim Stoudamire scored 24 points, including 6-of-93-pointers, and 10th-ranked Arizona beat Wright State 83-66 Thursday night inthe second round of the Preseason NIT.
The Wildcats (2-0) play Michigan in the semifinals next Wednesday in NewYork.
Stoudamire, whose 3-point total was one shy of his career best, made six ina row after missing his first one. He was 5-of-6 from 3-point range and 6-of-7overall for 17 points in the first half.
Channing Frye had 13 points and Hassan Adams 10 for Arizona. Isaiah Fox,suspended from Tuesday's opener for violating team rules, had 10 points and ateam-high eight rebounds.
The Wildcats led by as many as 22 in the first half and 35 in the secondbefore the Raiders' late run cut it to 15.
Zakee Boyd, suspended for Wright State's 71-66 overtime victory over Tulsaon Tuesday night for playing in a summer league game, sank four straight 3s inthe Raiders' late surge. Boyd finished with a career-high 24 points. DaShaunWood added 18 points, 16 in the second half.
Arizona won its 14th consecutive Preseason NIT game and is 14-1 in the eventoverall. The Wildcats won the tournament in their last three appearances -1990, 1995 and 1999.
Arizona made 12 consecutive shots, five of them 3-pointers by Stoudamire, toturn the game into an early blowout. The left-handed senior's final `3' of thebarrage put Arizona up 39-17 with 3:45 left in the half.
The lead reached 42-19 on Frye's inside basket with 1:03 to play in thehalf. Arizona led 42-21 at the break.
Stoudamire held Wood - who scored 22 against Tulsa - to two points in thefirst half. Stoudamire also ran the Wildcats at point guard during most of a22-6 outburst that put Arizona up 36-14 on Adams' steal and layup with 4:15 togo.
The Wildcats outscored the Raiders 17-4 to start the second half to go up59-25 on Mustafa Shakur's dunk with 14:15 to play. But Boyd sank fourconsecutive 3s at the end of a 25-6 run that cut the lead to 65-50 with 6:56 toplay.
Consecutive baskets and an assist by freshman Jawann McClellan made it71-50, and the Wildcats finished the game with reserves.
Stoudamire's 3-point barrage came beyond the experimental 3-point arc beingused in the Preseason NIT. The line is the one used in internationalbasketball, 20 feet, 6 inches, compared to the college distance of 19-9.
The tournament features two other experimental changes - an expanded foullane and a half-circle beneath each basket, similar to the NBA, where playerscan't draw offensive fouls.