Cal Falls To No. 8 Arizona In Pac-10 Tournament
March 10, 2005
By BETH HARRIS
AP Sports Writer
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Channing Frye scored 22 points on 10-of-11 shooting andNo. 8 Arizona routed California 88-63 Thursday in the opening game of thePac-10 tournament.
Frye was perfect until missing a 15-footer with 13:05 remaining in the game.He sat down for good moments later, only because the Wildcats led by 28 points.
The game was all but decided at halftime, when they led 42-23.
Their comfortable lead allowed coach Lute Olson to give his starters alengthy rest in the second half, when the Wildcats' lead ballooned to 30points.
Arizona (26-5) advanced to Friday's semifinals, where they'll play thewinner of the UCLA-Oregon State game. The Wildcats have won 14 of their last 16games.
The eighth-seeded Golden Bears (13-16) ended the season with seven losses intheir final eight games. Cal has lost in the tournament's first round fivetimes, including last year.
Arizona, the regular season Pac-10 champions, are seeded No. 1 in thetournament for the second time in three seasons. The Wildcats improved to 14-3in the tournament, which they've won four times - both are conference bests.
Jawann McClellan added 14 points off the bench for the Wildcats. MustafaShakur and Hassan Adams had 10 points each. Salim Stoudamire, who joined Fryeon the All-Pac-10 team, was held to seven points.
Arizona controlled the boards, 39-27, and shot 58 percent from the field.
The Wildcats dominated the first half, opening the game with a 10-0 run inwhich all five starters scored. They shot 57 percent in the half.
Midgley scored six of Cal's first 12 points to get the Bears within fourpoints.
The Bears cut Arizona's lead to six points before the Wildcats ran off ninestraight points, including four by Frye, to take a 32-17 lead. Stoudamirescored four of his seven points in the final 1:57 for the Wildcats.
Shakur hit a 3-pointer from the left corner with 1 second left to keepArizona comfortably in front at the break.