No. 21 Arizona Routs Wyoming, 98-70
Dec. 1, 2004
By Bob Baum
Tucson, Ariz. (AP) - Add Jawaan McClellan to the list of talented guards to play for Arizona.
The impressive freshman scored 19 points and played a big role in the decisive second-half surge that propelled the 21st-ranked Wildcats to a 98-70 rout of Wyoming on Tuesday night.
'I am feeling very confident,' McClellan said. 'Coach is playing me a lot more. I am not looking to score points. I'm looking for defense and rebounding.'
Salim Stoudamire also scored 19 points, and Hassan Adams snapped out of his early season slump with 16 for the Wildcats (4-2).
McClellan, a highly regarded recruit from Houston who committed to Arizona before his junior season in high school, was 5-for-10 from the field, including 2-of-4 on 3-pointers, and was 7-for-8 from the free throw line.
Coach Lute Olson said McClellan's defense was unimpressive early in practice, but it has picked up in a hurry.
'He is going to learn. He is going to listen,' Olson said. 'He is going to be very, very good.'
Stoudamire, who was 3-of-4 on 3s, likes what he's seen from McClellan.
'He is a gamer,' Stoudamire said. 'He steps up in pressure situations. He does not play like a freshman. He is playing like a veteran.'
Channing Frye added 12 points, 10 in the second half.
Jay Straight scored 19 points for Wyoming, but had only three in the second half on 1-for-8 shooting. He was 4-for-4 on 3s in the first half, 0-for-2 in the second. Steve Leven added 17 points and Derek Wabbington had 15 for the Cowboys (3-1), playing their first road game of the season.
'The game was a learning experience,' Straight said. 'This is probably the toughest atmosphere that we'll have all year. We'll look at the film after tonight and learn from it.'
Wyoming coach Steve McClain praised the overall play of Adams, who had five offensive rebounds.
'I think Hassan Adams might be as hard of a working player as I've watched,' McClain said.
McClain liked his team's play in the first half, but the Cowboys wilted under Arizona's second-half pressure.
'In the second half, we got too much into their game,' he said.
Arizona was home after going 1-2 on a journey to the East, the last game a 63-60 loss to No. 1 Wake Forest last Friday in the championship game of the Preseason NIT.
The Wildcats scored the final five points of the first half to go up 45-37, then used a pressing defense to blow out the Cowboys with a 20-6 outburst to start the second half.
McClellan's 3-pointer punctuated the run and put Arizona up 65-43 with 13:32 to play.
Frye, in foul trouble in the first half, scored the first six points of the decisive surge.
Wyoming committed 20 turnovers, nine in the first 10 minutes.
Adams' emphatic stuff on a long lob pass from Stoudamire put Arizona ahead 85-57 with 6:56 to play.
'We played well, but let's do it against a better team,' Stoudamire said.
Arizona plays No. 15 Mississippi State in the Wooden Classic on Sunday in Anaheim, Calif.