No. 4 Wildcats Edged By No. 8 Florida
By JIM O'CONNELL
AP Basketball Writer
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - Bonell Colas' layup on an inbounds pass with 7.3seconds left - his only points of the game - gave No. 8 Florida a 78-77 victoryover No. 4 Arizona in the Tipoff Classic on Friday night.
Colas, the 6-foot-9 senior starting center for the Gators (2-0), was limitedto one minute in the first half because of foul trouble and he missed the onlyshot he took until making the game-winner on the inbounds pass from ChristianDrejer.
Matt Walsh had 27 points for the Gators, whose last lead before the finalscore was 49-47 with 15 minutes to play.
Chris Rodgers had 17 points for the Wildcats, who took a 75-73 lead on ajumper by Hassan Adams with 3:45 to play. Stoudamire hit a jumper with 2:37left that gave Arizona a 77-73 lead but that was its final points of the game.
Anthony Roberson, who missed Florida's opener as he completed a three-gamesuspension from the school, made one of two free throws with 2:31 left and thenscored on a long layup after a turnover with 2:01 left that made it 77-76.
Arizona failed to convert on its last four possessions, while Florida wasable to score only one of its last four but that was the game-winner by Colas,who played a total of 11 minutes.
Walsh was 5-for-8 from 3-point range in the second half after not taking onelong jumper in the first half. Florida finished 8-for-20 from beyond the arcafter going 1-for-5 in the opening half.
Roberson had 15 points and David Lee, who was limited to 26 minutes becauseof leg cramps, had 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Channing Frye had 15 points and 13 rebounds for the Wildcats, who finishedwith a 54-43 advantage on the boards. Iguodala had six points, eight assistsand 10 rebounds.
Rodgers was 3-for-5 on 3s, while Arizona went 5-for-21, including 1-for-9 inthe first half.
The game, sponsored by the Basketball Hall of Fame and MassMutual, drew asellout crowd of 6,800 to the Springfield Civic Center.