Stoudamire Leads Arizona Past UAB To Sweet 16

March 19, 2005

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By JOHN MARSHALL
AP Sports Writer

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Salim Stoudamire's shooting and a little calm underpressure helped Arizona reach the NCAA regional semifinals for the fourth timein five years.

Stoudamire made five 3-pointers and had 28 points, and Arizona never buckledunder Alabama-Birmingham's constant pressure defense to move on in the ChicagoRegional with a 85-63 victory over the Blazers on Saturday.

Arizona (29-6) struggled with UAB's frenetic, trapping defense in the firsthalf, but had just four turnovers in the second to reach the round of 16 forthe 12th time. The Wildcats, the 1997 national champions, move on to Rosemont,Ill., next weekend and will face either Oklahoma State or Southern Illinois,which play Sunday in Oklahoma City.

UAB (22-11) played its usual helter skelter pace and gave the Wildcatsproblems at times, but couldn't seem to turn mistakes into points. The11th-seeded Blazers made just 6-of-30 from 3-point range - their forte - andshot 32 percent overall in failing to add another upset victory to a list oftournament wins that included Washington, Kentucky and LSU the past two years.

Donell Taylor scored 13 points for the Blazers and Demario Eddins added 12.

UAB's defensive pressure gave LSU all kinds of trouble on Thursday, leadingto 21 turnovers in the Blazers' 14-point victory. Arizona didn't exactly handlethe pressing and trapping too well early, but made up for it in other ways.

Though they had 16 turnovers, the Wildcats never got flustered and keptworking the ball around the perimeter for open shots. Arizona shot 52 percentfrom the field and made 18-of-23 from the free throw line, including 12-of-15in the second half when UAB picked up the pressure.

And the Wildcats did it without much help from Channing Frye.

UAB crowded the lane to keep Arizona's center from getting the ball anddoubled him whenever he touched it, holding him to six points on just fiveshots.

But Stoudamire made the Blazers pay for collapsing inside, hitting three3-pointers and scoring 15 points in the first half. He added a four-point playto push Arizona's lead to 14 at the 13-minute mark, and was 7-for-7 on freethrows.

The Wildcats had 12 turnovers - nine on steals - in the first half, leadingto 17 of UAB's 31 points, but they also beat the press for 12 points on thebreak and on quick shots before the Blazers could set up. Arizona went on a10-3 run late in the first half to take a 40-31 lead, then gradually pushed itto 17 midway through the second.

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