No. 21 Arizona Upsets No. 15 Mississippi State, 68-64

Dec. 5, 2004

Box Score

By John Nadel

Anaheim, Calif. (AP) - Channing Frye had 18 points and 16 rebounds, and No. 21 Arizona beat No. 15 Mississippi State 68-64 Sunday despite being held scoreless for more than 6 minutes down the stretch.

The game was part of the 11th John Wooden Classic, honoring the former Bruins coach who won 10 NCAA championships in a 12-year span before retiring in 1975.

As usual, the 94-year-old Wooden attended the doubleheader.

Frye's basket with 6:23 remaining gave the Wildcats a 65-56 lead. But the Bulldogs got baskets by Marcus Campbell and Ontario Harper and four points from Gary Ervin to draw within one with 1:46 left.

Arizona's Hassan Adams blocked a shot by Shane Power with 30 seconds to play, and freshman Jawann McClellan made a foul shot 9 seconds later to give the Wildcats a two-point lead.

McClellan missed his second free throw, giving Mississippi State a chance to tie or go ahead. But Ervin threw a bad pass with 5.6 seconds to play, and Frye made two free throws to complete the scoring.

The teams combined for 39 turnovers - 20 by Mississippi State.

Adams had 12 points and nine rebounds and Salim Stoudamire scored 12 points for Arizona (5-2). Isaiah Fox added 10 points and Mustafa Shakur had eight points and nine assists.

Winsome Frazier led Mississippi State (6-2) with 18 points. Campbell had 10 points and 11 rebounds and Ervin also scored points 10 for the Bulldogs.

Lawrence Roberts, who leads Mississippi State in scoring and rebounding, was held to seven points and seven rebounds. He has 41 career double-doubles.

Roberts was held without a field goal until making a follow shot 2 minutes into the second half, cutting Arizona's lead to 51-42.

Two baskets by Shakur made it 50-36 before the Bulldogs, aided by several Arizona turnovers, went on an 18-9 run to draw within five points with 9{ minutes left.

It was 61-56 when Frye blocked a shot by Ervin, setting up an Arizona fast break that Adams capped with a soaring dunk off an alley-oop pass from Shakur. The Bulldogs then turned the ball over and Frye made a jumper to put the Wildcats ahead by nine.

That turned out to be Arizona's last field goal.

Arizona's Ivan Radenovic, a starter averaging 8.0 points and 4.7 rebounds, didn't play because of a hip pointer.

The Wooden Classic was moved to Sunday from its traditional Saturday spot to avoid conflicting with the football game between No. 1 USC and UCLA at the Rose Bowl.