Arizona Uses Spurt, Rebounding Edge To Down Houston

Dec. 17, 2006

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Marcus Williams scored 15 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in No. 10 Arizona's 87-62 victory over Houston on Sunday night.

Arizona (8-1) opened the second half with a 16-7 run to take a 57-40 lead and never looked back. The Wildcats had a 58-26 rebounding advantage.

Mustafar Shakur had 17 points and eight assists for Arizona, and Ivan Radenovic added 16 points.

Robert McKiver led Houston (4-3) with 13 points. The Cougars entered the game as the nation's second-best scoring team at 91.7 points per game.

Dion Dowell started and scored 12 points for the Cougars in his first game since becoming eligible after transferring from the University of Texas.

Arizona, the ninth-best scoring team at 86.6 points per game, came out of the halftime break with a series of dunks and layups. Shakur scored six points in the run that gave the Wildcats their 17-point led with 14:45 left in the game.

Williams had a pair of dunks and a short jumper in the outburst. Chase Budinger added four points in the spurt and finished with 15.

While Arizona was scoring in the paint, the Cougars were settling for 3-pointers, but made just 12 of 41 attempts. They came into the game as the nation's second-best 3-point shooting team.

The Wildcats went on a 14-3 run midway through the second half, capped by a pair of Shakur free throws after he was intentionally fouled on a breakaway.

Nick Wise finished off a 10-point run with a 3-pointer from NBA range for an 84-53 lead down the stretch.

Houston stayed close in the first half by closing to within six points on a Dowell 3-pointer. Shakur responded with a driving layup before the buzzer to give the Wildcats a 41-33 lead at the break.

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