USC Falls To No. 12 Arizona, 88-76.

Feb. 10, 2005

AP Sports Writer

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Salim Stoudamire scored 16 of his 26 points in the firsthalf, and No. 12 Arizona beat Southern California 88-76 on Thursday night togive Wildcats coach Lute Olson two significant milestones.

Olson became the second Pac-10 coach to win 300 conference games. Therecord-holder is John Wooden, who guided UCLA to a 304-74 league record beforeretiring in 1975. Olson's teams are 300-86 against league opponents.

The 70-year-old can get his 301st conference win Saturday against the Bruinsat Pauley Pavilion, where the 94-year-old Wooden is usually in attendance.Olson and Wooden are both members of the Basketball Hall of Fame.

By winning for the 17th time in 19 games, the Wildcats (20-4, 10-2 Pac-10)reached the 20-win plateau for the 18th straight season.

Olson's teams have won 20 or more games in 27 of his 32 years as a collegehead coach, tying him with Texas Tech's Bob Knight and Syracuse's Jim Boeheimfor second in NCAA history.

The game was Olson's 700th at Arizona, where his teams have a 539-161 recordin 22 years. He has an overall record of 731-253.

Stoudamire, a 6-foot-1 senior from Portland, Ore., shot 9-of-14 including5-of-7 from 3-point range. He left the game for good with 5:48 remaining andthe Wildcats leading 79-55.

Channing Frye added 14 points, seven rebounds and four blocked shots forArizona. Hassan Adams and Mustafa Shakur scored 10 points each and IvanRadenovic had nine points and 12 rebounds for the Wildcats.

Freshman Gabe Pruitt led USC (9-14, 2-10) with 21 points and five assists.Freshman Nick Young added 18 points, and Jeff McMillan and Lodrick Stewartscored 11 each for the Trojans, who lost their fifth straight.

The Wildcats led at halftime 39-30, and blew the game open by outscoring theTrojans 24-9 for a 69-45 lead with 11:04 remaining. Stoudamire and Frye scoredeight points each during the run.

A three-point play by Radenovic triggered a 10-0 run that gave the Wildcatsa 12-4 lead, and they were on top the rest of the way.

Stoudamire outscored USC 11-0 by himself in a span of 80 seconds to make it27-12. When freshman Jawann McClellan added a fast-break dunk, it promptedArizona fans at the Los Angeles Sports Arena to chant: 'U of A! U of A!'while USC followers sat silent.

The Trojans outscored Arizona 18-10 to finish the first half to draw withinnine points. But USC would get no closer after halftime.

The Wildcats have won 23 of the last 28 games between the teams including a77-68 triumph in Tucson last month, but entered with a 4-5 record in their lastnine games against USC at the Sports Arena.