California Falls To No. 14 Arizona, 97-76

Feb. 4, 2005

By MEL REISNER
AP Sports Writer

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Channing Frye had 20 points and seven rebounds and No.14 Arizona beat California 97-76 on Thursday night.

Salim Stoudamire contributed 17 points, Hassan Adams had 15 and MustafaShakur added 10 for the Wildcats (18-4, 8-2), who kept pace with Washingtonatop the Pac-10 standings. The 13th-ranked Huskies beat Southern California99-69 on Thursday night.

Arizona won for the 15th time in 17 games, but the previous outing was oneof its worst in decades - a lead-blowing debacle at home against WashingtonState, which had lost 38 in a row to the Wildcats.

The Wildcats came in with an edge, and it showed as they improved to 9-0when scoring at least 80 points.

Richard Midgley led the Golden Bears (11-9, 4-6) with 18 points and sixrebounds. Rod Benson had 12 points and Martin Smith 11 for Cal, which had athree-game winning streak snapped.

Reserves played the final 5 minutes after Jesus Verdejo, who had justentered the game, made a 3-pointer with 5:22 to go, giving the Wildcats an86-58 lead, their biggest of the game.

The Bears got as close as they were going to get 23 seconds into the secondhalf, when Benson's layup cut their deficit to 46-35.

But that triggered an 18-4 run in which the Wildcats scored the last 11points to take a 64-39 lead with 13:48 to go on a 3-pointer by Stoudamire.

Martin Smith made two 3-pointers during a 12-1 surge that got Cal within65-51 with 10:07 left while Arizona coach Lute Olson mixed younger players andstarters.

But Arizona came out of it with Frye, Shakur and Adams back on the floor.Frye and Shakur scored off fast breaks, and Adams, the Pac-10 steals leader,had one of his four and dunked to open a 73-53 lead with 8:31 to go.

Cal struggled early against Arizona's zone defense, missing its first sevenshots while the Wildcats raced to an 11-0 lead over the opening 4:06.

Stoudamire, anxious to redeem himself after missing all five 3-pointattempts during a 4-of-14 night against Washington State, had 12 points in thefirst half as the Wildcats took a 46-33 lead.

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