No. 3 Arizona Too Strong For Bears

Jan 8, 2004

AP Sports Writer

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Hassan Adams doesn't let something like a big lead distract him.

'Up by 30, you need to work on things that get you ready for your next game,' said Adams, who had 19 points and nine rebounds in No. 3 Arizona's 95-75 win over California on Thursday night. 'We were working hard on offense and trying to fix our weaknesses.'

The victory, the Wildcats' 13th in the last 14 games against the Golden Bears, tied Lute Olson with Fred Enke for the most career wins by an Arizona coach.

Olson's 21-year record is 509-148, compared with Enke's 509-324 in 36 years.

Olson earned his 700th win overall on Saturday in a 93-74 triumph at Arizona State, but he didn't want to talk about milestones with a game against No. 4 Stanford on Saturday.

'We have to be better rebounders,' Olson said about Cal's 43-30 edge on the glass. 'We performed very poorly on the defensive boards, so we have to work on that in the next few days.'

Salim Stoudamire scored all 18 of his points in the first half, Ivan Radenovic had 17 points and Channing Frye had 16 and four blocks in the ninth straight win for the Wildcats (10-1, 1-0 Pac-10).

Stoudamire shot 6-for-8, including four of five 3-pointers, in 26 minutes.

'We work nice as a tandem,' Frye said. 'We are usually on the same side of the court, and if he's making shots they can't sag on me. If I'm making shots and they sag on me, I kick it out to him. Salim's shooting is definitely critical for us.'

The Golden Bears (5-7, 1-2) were missing leading scorer and rebounder Leon Powe, who sat out the game to rest his sore left knee.

In his absence, Marquise Kately, another of the team's three freshman starters, matched his season high with 18 points - 15 in the second half - and Rod Benson had 11.

'It came down to a pretty simple decision,' coach Ben Braun said of Powe. 'His practice was limited, and it would not have been fair to have him step into the game.'

Five of Cal's six previous losses had been by five points or less. But the Wildcats, who turned the rivalry game against Arizona State into a rout, had too much of everything - shooting, rebounding and defense.

Arizona had a 10-4 edge in steals, committed 11 turnovers to the Bears' 22 and overcame Cal's better rebounding by shooting 50.8 percent.

The Wildcats kept their intensity in the second half, hitting 13 of 19 shots (68.4 percent) before Olson began to substitute freely with 12 minutes left.

Frye had seven points in the first 3:15 of the second half, opening a 62-30 lead with a layup, and Arizona led by 30 points or more until a 16-4 run by the Bears got them to 82-62 with 5:51 to go.

Andre Iguodala produced the first double-digit lead of the game at 25-14 with a 3-pointer with 9:22 remaining in the first half.

The Wildcats then outscored Cal 20-3 in the final 5:30 of the half, taking a 50-22 lead.

Stoudamire had a 3-pointer, an off-balance fadeaway, an 18-footer from the baseline and two free throws during the run.

The surge also included Mustafa Shakur's third steal - when he stepped into Ayinde Ubaka's behind-the-back dribble - and subsequent lob to Adams for a dunk.

'They got hot and we folded,' Cal forward Amit Tamir said. 'We were down, and they took advantage of us.'

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