No. 10 Arizona Claws LSU Tigers In Men's Hoops, 88-75

Dec. 20, 2000

AP Sports Writer

TUCSON, Ariz. - Gilbert Arenas scored the first 10 points during adecisive 17-2 second-half run as 10th-ranked Arizona shook off a sluggish startto beat previously undefeated LSU 88-75 Wednesday night.

Arenas, benched along with center Loren Woods by coach Lute Olson to startthe game, scored 16 of his season-high 24 points in the second half after going2-for-12 in Arizona's loss to Illinois last Saturday.

The Wildcats (6-3) avenged an 86-60 loss at LSU last season, the worstdefeat in Olson's 18 seasons at Arizona. But it was anything but easy until thefinal 12 minutes.

Five players hit double figures for the Wildcats. Woods scored 17, JasonGardner 16, Michael Wright 13 and Richard Jefferson 12.

Torris Bright was 5-for-5 from 3-point range and scored 17 in the first halffor LSU (6-1). He took only one shot, and made it, in the second to finish with20.

Ronald Dupree scored 21 and Brian Beshara 13 and Jermaine Williams 10 forthe Tigers, who shot 57 percent in the first half (16-for-28) and 32 percent(8-for-25) in the second. Arizona shot 58 percent in the second half(18-for-31), including six of eight 3-pointers.

LSU was 8-for-11 from 3-point range in the first half, but 0-for-6 in thesecond.

Arizona, which had lost two nonconference games in a row for the first timein 11 years, trailed nearly the entire first half and was down 47-44 at thebreak. LSU scored the first four points of the second half to lead 51-44.

LSU led 56-51 on Jermaine Williams' layup with 12:43 to play, then Arenastook over. He sank an 8-footer from the lane, then tied it at 56-56 with a3-pointer with 11:47 to go.

Lamont Roland's layup gave LSU its last lead, 58-56, with 11:26 to go.

Arenas tied it again with a length-of-the-court drive, then put the Wildcatsup for good with another 3-pointer. Gardner capped the run with a 3-pointer tomake it 68-56 with nine minutes remaining, and LSU never came closer than sevenpoints again.

Jefferson's 3-pointer punctuated an 11-1 run that made it 86-70 with 3:26 togo.

The Tigers shot out to a 22-15 lead on Bright's fourth 3-pointer with 11:09to play. Arizona used a 10-2 run to take a 33-32 on Wright's inside basket with4:50 left in the half.

But consecutive slam dunks by Dupree put LSU back in charge. Dupree wasfouled by Wright on the second slam, and the three-point play put the Tigers up37-33 with 3:56 left in the half.

Bright's five 3-pointers matched his career high.

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