Balanced Effort Leads Cats Past Cal
By BOB BAUM
AP Sports Writer
TUCSON, Ariz. - Jason Gardner scored 18 points to lead six Arizonaplayers in double figures as the No. 1-ranked Wildcats rolled over No. 20California 95-80 on Saturday.
Arizona (16-2, 8-1 Pac-10) rebounded from Thursday night's home loss toStanford to take sole possession of first place in the conference. California(14-4, 7-2) lost both games on its Arizona trip to fall into a second-place tiewith Stanford.
The Wildcats never trailed, were up by 10 at the break and led by as many as18 in the second half.
The Bears couldn't recover from a 20-6 Arizona run that started near the endof the first half and continued into the second.
Salim Stoudamire scored 13 of his 15 points in the second half, including3-of-4 shooting on 3-pointers. Rick Anderson also scored 15 points, 10 in thesecond half. Channing Frye had 12 points and 12 rebounds, six on the offensiveend. Freshmen Hassan Adams and Andre Iguodala added 10 points apiece.
Arizona won comfortably despite a rare scoreless game for Luke Walton, whoplayed just 13 minutes because of foul trouble. The Wildcats shot 7-of-10 from3-point range in the second half.
Joe Shipp scored 21 points, Brian Wethers 16 and Amit Tamir 14 for theBears.
Stoudamire sank a pair of 3-pointers as the Wildcats outscored Cal 13-5 tostart the second half. His second 3 capped an 8-0 run that put Arizona up 53-35with 17:37 to play. Gardner scored five of the eight points on a 3-pointer anda driving bank shot.
Tamir made a pair of 3-pointers to cut the lead to 62-51 with 12:42remaining, but Arizona scored the next six points, the last four in spectacularfashion. Gardner threw a slick bounce pass to Anderson for a fast-break stuff,then lobbed one to Adams for a soaring dunk and it was 68-51 with 11:22 to go.Cal never got closer than 12 again.
The lead reached 58-40 when Anderson tipped the ball away for a Calturnover, then sank a 3-pointer with 14:44 left.
Arizona jumped out to a 19-8 lead. Wethers' driving layup cut it to 33-29with 2:24 left in the half, but Arizona finished with a 7-1 run to go up 40-30.
Adams sank a 14-footer and a 3-pointer in the late first-half surge, thenIsaiah Fox made a layup at the halftime buzzer. Cal missed five consecutivefree throws before Gabriel Hughes made the second of two with 1:11 to play inthe half.
After going 14-for-26 at the line in Thursday night's loss to Stanford,Arizona made its first 11 free throws and finished 26-for-35. Cal was 9-for-21.
Tamir, averaging 16.8 points per game, had just two points and one reboundin the first half.