No. 15 Arizona Trounces No. 18 Trojans, 97-80
Jan. 17, 2002
By BOB BAUM
AP Sports Writer
TUCSON, Ariz. - Luke Walton had his first career triple-double and wasthe point man in a stifling zone defense as No. 15 Arizona handed No. 18Southern California its first Pac-10 loss with a 97-80 rout Thursday night.
The 6-foot-8 junior son of former UCLA and NBA great Bill Walton had acareer-high 27 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. He also had four steals anda career-best four blocked shots.
Walton was 7-for-11 from the field and a career-high 13-of-15 at the foulline.
Salim Stoudamire scored 18 points, including 6-for-6 at the foul line. Thefreshman guard broke the Arizona record for consecutive free throws by runninghis streak to 35. He is 45-of-46 from the line this season. The old record of29 in a row was by Dylan Rigdon in 1993-94.
Freshman Will Bynum added a career-high 17 points, Rick Anderson 11 andChanning Frye 10 as the Wildcats (12-4, 5-2 Pac-10) beat the Trojans for the17th consecutive time at McKale Center.
The Trojans (13-3, 5-1) had won nine in a row and had never started thePac-10 season 6-0, but they were out of this one in a hurry.
Arizona led by as many as 27 points in the first half and by 31 in thesecond. A 17-7 run to finish the game got Trojans within 17.
Sam Clancy scored 31 points for USC, one short of his career-high. DesmonFarmer added 13 and Gennaro Busterna had 10 for the Trojans, who shot 33percent from the field, compared with Arizona's 54 percent.
Walton became the fifth Arizona player to get a triple-double. The last wasLoren Woods, who had 13 points, 10 rebounds and 10 blocked shots againstWashington on Jan. 13, 2001. Woods also had one the previous season. The otherWildcats to achieve it were Damon Stoudamire in 1994-95, Chris Mills in 1991-92and Matt Muelbach in 1989-90.
Walton had 20 points, seven rebounds, five assists, three steals and twoblocks in the first half as Arizona took a 51-26 lead.
The Wildcats scored the game's first 10 points, then followed with an 18-0outburst that had the home crowd roaring and Arizona up 34-7 on Bynum'sfastbreak layup with 6:04 left in the half.
At that point, USC was 2-for-22 from the field and was being outrebounded bythe smaller Wildcats 22-11. Arizona playmaker Jason Gardner was resting on thebench for 14 of the 18 points during the big run.
USC went 9:08 without a point, 10:35 without a field goal.
Clancy scored five points during an 8-0 run that cut the lead to 34-15, butStoudamire and Gardner hit 3-pointers in a 10-3 response that boosted Arizona'slead to 44-18 on Walton's two free throws with 2:51 left in the half.