Arizona Manhandles Davidson
By BOB BAUM
AP Sports Writer
TUCSON, Ariz. - Salim Stoudamire scored a season-high 23 points and No.4 Arizona ran away from Davidson in the second half for a 95-69 victorySaturday in the first round of the Fiesta Bowl Classic.
Arizona (6-1), playing for the first time since being knocked from the No. 1spot with a 66-65 loss at LSU last Saturday, advanced to face Boston Universityfor the tournament championship Monday night. Boston University (5-5) beatFlorida State 84-69.
Freshman Hassan Adams added 18 points for Arizona, including a pair ofspectacular breakaway dunks. Another Arizona freshman, Chris Rodgers, scored14, his collegiate best by nine points. Channing Frye added 12 points and ninerebounds for Arizona. Jason Gardner scored just eight points but had sevenassists.
Stoudamire, the Pac-10 freshman of the year last season but slowed by anankle injury this season, was 6-for-8 shooting, 2-for-3 on 3-pointers.
Davidson (6-2) entered the game on a six-game winning streak - three overNCAA Division III teams - with its lone loss 95-80 in its season opener atDuke.
Freshman Ian Johnson had 21 points and nine rebounds for Davidson. PeterAnderer added 17, but only five in the second half. He was 5-for-10 from3-point range.
Leading just 45-39 at the break, Arizona outscored Davidson 34-13 over thefirst 11 minutes of the second half.
Arizona revved up its running game at the start of the second half. The hostWildcats scored the first nine points to go up 54-39 Stoudamire's layup with17:53. The highlight came when Frye blocked Wayne Bernard's shot into the handsof Adams, who soared for a one-handed stuff at the other end.
Preseason All-American Luke Walton played after missing two games with asprained right ankle. He didn't score until sinking a 3-pointer that putArizona up 68-48 with 11:59 to play.
Walton's shot came in a 9-0 run that gave Arizona a 70-68 lead on two freethrows by Rodgers after Davidson's Terrell Ivory with 11:43 remaining.Stoudamire's 3-pointer put Arizona up 79-52 with 9:01 to play.
The top 3-point shooting team in the nation at 50.3 percent entering thegame, the visitors from South Carolina used long-range shots to stay withArizona for a half. Anderer was 4-for-7 on 3-pointers in the first half, andhis team was 7-for-12. But Davidson shot just 29 percent in the second halfoverall and was 2-of-14 3's.
Arizona was without Rick Anderson because of flu-like symptoms.
The full name of the tournament is the Fiesta Bowl Classic Honoring BobbiOlson, the wife of Arizona coach Lute Olson who died of cancer two years ago.