Arizona Snaps ASU's Nine-Game Winning Streak, 97-79
Jan. 2, 2005
By MEL REISNER
AP Sports Writer
TUCSON, Ariz. - Salim Stoudamire had 15 of his 18 points in the secondhalf, helping No. 14 Arizona turn a close game into a 97-79 rout of ArizonaState in their Pac-10 opener Sunday.
Channing Frye had a season-high 21 points and Mustafa Shakur added 20,including a season-high four 3-pointers, for the Wildcats (11-2), who won theireighth straight.
Hassan Adams, Arizona's second-leading scorer, had eight points on 3-for-14shooting, but had 10 rebounds and seven assists.
Frye and Ivan Radenovic neutralized the Sun Devils' Ike Diogu, an insidescorer who goes to the free throw line more than anyone in the college game.
Diogu had 23 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks, but went nearly 24 minuteswithout a field goal when the game was still in doubt as Arizona State had anine-game winning streak snapped.
The Wildcats put it away with a 14-0 run started by Stoudamire's 3-pointerwith 8:39 to play. Stoudamire added a basket and two free throws, and ChrisRodgers capped it with a 3-pointer with 6:32 left, opening an 85-63 lead.
The Wildcats have won 19 of the last 20 meetings, beating the Sun Devils by19 and 25 points last season, and they usually dominate the first half.
This time, it was excruciatingly close for 20 minutes.
Stoudamire's 3-pointer 2:06 into the second half put Arizona up 53-43 - thefirst double-digit lead for either team.
The Sun Devils battled back within four points twice, the second time on afast-break layup by Moore, cutting the deficit to 56-52 with 14:24 to play. ButFrye had six of Arizona's next 13 points, and the Wildcats took a 69-58 leadwhen Rodgers scored on a goaltending call on Diogu with 9:46 left.
Diogu, a 90 percent free throw shooter who leads the nation in free throws(122) and attempts (140), was 6-of-11 from the line.
It was Diogu's 72nd game in double digits, covering his entire collegecareer.