No. 1 Wildcats Win Big Over UCLA
By BOB BAUM
AP Sports Writer
TUCSON, Ariz. - Freshman Andre Iguodala scored a career-high 18 pointsto lead five Arizona players in double figures as the No. 1-ranked Wildcatsrouted UCLA 106-70 on Thursday night.
The Wildcats (19-2, 11-1 Pac-10) buried the Bruins with a 21-0 run over afive-minute span late in the first half and early in the second.
Jason Gardner and Salim Stoudamire scored 14 points apiece for Arizona. RickAnderson and Hassan Adams added 12 each.
Andre Patterson scored 12 points and Jason Kapono 11 for UCLA.
The Bruins (5-15, 2-9), who snapped a nine-game losing streak with a 71-70victory over Georgetown last Saturday, lost their ninth consecutive Pac-10game. It was their second blowout loss to Arizona this season. The Wildcats won87-52 at UCLA on Jan. 18.
Arizona outscored the Bruins 61-36 in the second half. Had the Wildcats'three seniors not sat out the final 10 minutes, the Bruins might havethreatened their worst loss ever, a 109-61 loss at Stanford in 1996-97 - SteveLavin's first season as UCLA coach.
Arizona scored the last five points the first half and the first 16 of thesecond to open a 61-34 lead with 16:16 to play on Stoudamire's 9-footer afterChanning Frye's blocked shot.
The lead grew to 82-44 on Hassan Adams' dunk on a lob pass from ChrisRodgers with 9:41 remaining. By then, the Wildcats were going with a lineup ofthree freshmen and two sophomores.
UCLA was 0-for-3 with four turnovers, and Arizona 6-for-7 with no turnoversin the Wildcats' big run in the first 3:44 of the second half.
After another sluggish start, the Wildcats outscored the Bruins 15-6 overthe final 3:33 of the first half to take a 45-34 lead at the break on Frye'srebound basket at the buzzer.
Gardner sank two 3-pointers and Iguodala one during the run.
The Bruins committed 19 turnovers, 15 in the second half.
UCLA scored 10 consecutive points to take a 10-5 lead. Arizona went aheadfor good when Rodgers was fouled on a 3-pointer and sank all three from theline to give the Wildcats a 17-14 lead with 12:43 left in the half.
When Cedric Bozeman made one of two free throws with 3:48 to play untilhalftime, the Bruins trailed just 30-28. Gardner's 3-pointer from far beyondthe line triggered Arizona's late first-half run.
Iguodala had nine points and four rebounds in the first half, while RickAnderson had eight points and six boards.
UCLA shot 47 percent in the first half to Arizona's 40.5 percent, but theBruins were outrebounded 28-15 - including 13-3 on the offensive boards - inthe first 20 minutes. The Wildcats shot 58 percent (21-for-36) in the secondhalf.