No. 4 Wildcats Drop Beavers
By ANNE M. PETERSON
AP Sports Writer
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Freshman guard Hassan Adams scored 14 points to leadNo. 4 Arizona to a 80-65 victory over Oregon State on Saturday night.
Rick Anderson, called upon to replace injured forward Luke Walton, had 13points for the Wildcats, who opened their Pacific-10 season with a sweep of theOregon schools for the first time since 1997-98. Jason Gardner added 12 points.
Arizona (9-1, 2-0) was coming off a dramatic come-from-behind 81-72 victoryThursday night over No. 9 Oregon.
Philip Ricci led the Beavers with 24 points.
Arizona led by as many as 21 points at several times in the second half,including a 71-50 advantage when Anderson hit a jumper with 6:05 to go.
It was Oregon State first-year head coach Jay John's first meeting againsthis former boss, Arizona's Lute Olson. John served as an assistant at Arizonafor the last four seasons.
Walton sprained his right ankle Monday night in the Wildcats' 85-71 victoryover Boston University in the Fiesta Bowl Classic. He suited up against theBeavers but spent the game on the bench.
The Beavers led 11-9 in the first half, but Arizona went on a 12-0 run -capped by Anderson's 3-pointer - to go up 21-11.
The only time the Beavers were a threat after that was when Floyd Northpulled them within six at 25-19 with 5:54 left in the first half.
The Wildcats led 43-25 at halftime behind Anderson's 11 points.
The last time the Wildcats played the Beavers, Gardner scored a career-high34 points in Arizona's 93-87 victory on Jan. 6, 2002.