No. 1 Arizona Barely Beats Beavers
March 6, 2003
By BOB BAUM
AP Sports Writer
TUCSON, Ariz. - Channing Frye scored 24 points, one shy of his careerhigh, and grabbed 12 rebounds as the No. 1-ranked Wildcats beat Oregon State 72-60.
The Beavers (13-13, 6-11 Pac-10), in their first year under former Arizonaassistant Jay John, lost at McKale Center for the 20th year in a row, but theystayed with the Wildcats throughout.
Luke Walton was the only other Arizona player in double figures with 12points. He also had seven assists to reach 100 for the fourth season in a row.Hassan Adams had six points, three steals and two blocked shots.
The Wildcats' Salim Stoudamire was 0-for-4 shooting and scoreless in 12minutes in the first half. He didn't play in the second. Coach Lute Olson saidhe benched Stoudamire because of the one-on-one style he was playing in thefirst half.
Brian Jackson scored 16 for Oregon State, including was 3-of-6 on3-pointers. However, he was only 2-for-8 inside the 3-point line. Philip Ricciadded 15 points and Jimmie Haywood 12. The Beavers were just 9-for-21 at thefoul line, 7-for-17 in the second half
Arizona (24-2, 16-1) clinched the Pac-10 title with its sweep at Californiaand Stanford last week, and the Wildcats came out sluggish against theslow-down style of Oregon State.
Arizona used a 16-2 run to take a 22-10 lead on Adams' 15-footer with 8:20to go in the first half.
The patient Beavers came back time and again, though.
Lamar Hurd's 10-footer cut Arizona's lead to 32-28 with 1:11 to go in thehalf, but the Wildcats scored the next eight points to go up 40-28 at thebreak. Frye had a three-point play, Andre Iguodala had a breakaway dunk off anOregon State turnover, and Walton sank a 3-pointer just before the halftimebuzzer.
Arizona got off to a listless start in the second half, and the Beavers wenton an 11-4 run to cut it to 44-39 on Hurd's three-point play with 16:54remaining.
Jackson's 3-pointer with 10:16 to play cut the Wildcats' lead to 58-54.
Walton scored inside to start a 6-1 spurt that boosted the lead to 64-54 onAdams' steal and breakaway stuff with 7:32 remaining, but even though Ricci wason the bench with four fouls, the Beavers didn't fold.
Jackson's final 3-pointer made it 64-58 with 5:45 remaining.
Frye's dunk with 3:10 left put Arizona ahead 69-60, then Walton made one oftwo free throws and the Wildcats led 70-60 with 1:56 remaining.