No. 14 Wildcats Too Much For SDSU

Dec. 9, 2006

SAN DIEGO (AP) - With star freshman Chase Budinger held to only five points in his homecoming, Marcus Williams had 21 points and a career-high 16 rebounds to lead the No. 14 Arizona Wildcats to their seventh straight win, 69-48 over San Diego State on Saturday night.

Budinger, from nearby Encinitas, came in leading the Wildcats with a 19.4-point average. His previous low was 14 against Samford on Nov. 22.

Arizona (7-1) won its fifth straight against San Diego State (8-2) and leads the series 18-5. SDSU has lost nine straight to Top 25 teams.

It was the second game of the San Diego Slam. No. 22 Oklahoma State beat Ball State 75-56 in the opener.

Like Oklahoma State, Arizona won a game in the Jimmy V Classic on Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden, then won on the West Coast.

Williams hit a 3-point shot to open a 13-2 run late in the first half that gave Arizona a 35-20 lead. The Wildcats twice led by 18 points in the second half before SDSU's Brandon Heath made a 3-pointer with 6:45 left to close the gap to 52-43.

Williams made two of Arizona's next three baskets and the Wildcats got the lead back up to double digits.

Budinger made a layup for the game's first points, then didn't score again until making a 3-point shot 34 seconds left before halftime, when Arizona led 38-22.

Budinger didn't score in the second half. He had only one rebound, well off his average of 6.9.

Mustafa Shakur scored 14 for the Wildcats while Ivan Radenovic and Jawann McClellan had 10 apiece.

Aztecs senior guard Brandon Heath had 14 points to move into second place on the school's career scoring list with 1,746. Michael Cage is the career leader with 1,846 points from 1981-84.

It was SDSU's second straight loss following an 8-0 start.

SDSU came in as the nation's fourth-best team in 3-point shooting, then made only 5 of 25 from behind the arc. Overall the Aztecs shot just 32.8 percent.

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