Big Second Half Pushes Arizona over Cal, 87-67

Jan. 7, 2005

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) - Channing Frye had 20 points and eight rebounds tolead No. 13 Arizona to its ninth straight victory, 87-67 over California onThursday night in the Wildcats' first road game in 19 days.

Hassan Adams added 16 points and Ivan Radenovic had 14 points and sevenrebounds for Arizona (12-2, 2-0 Pac-10). Mustafa Shakur and Chris Rodgers eachhad 10 points for Arizona, which beat the Bears for the 11th time in the last12 meetings.

Arizona led for most of the game but couldn't shake California until puttingtogether an 18-4 run early in the second half. Frye sparked the spurt withseven points, including a short hook to cap it and give the Wildcats a 56-44lead.

Arizona had not played away from Tucson since a 48-43 win over Marquette onDec. 18. The Wildcats, who last season had just their fourth losing road recordin the Pac-10 under coach Lute Olson, play three of their next five conferencegames away from home.

Richard Midgley scored 14 points to lead California (8-5, 1-2), while RodBenson added 13 and Dominic McGuire 12.

Arizona averaged 91.3 points in its previous four games but got off to aslow start against California, which owns the Pac-10's second-stingiest defenseallowing just 61.7 points a game.

The Wildcats led by four points at halftime and fell behind when the GoldenBears scored the first six points of the second half to take a 40-38 lead.That's when Frye and Arizona regained their composure, scoring the next 11points.

The Wildcats led most of the first half despite a slow start from leadingscorer Salim Stoudamire. Stoudamire came into the game averaging 14.8 pointsbut was held in check by Midgley, scoring just six points.

Arizona didn't seem to miss Stoudamire's scoring much, however, as Frye's 13points and five rebounds helped stake the Wildcats to the 38-34 halftime lead.

California, which missed eight of its first 11 shots from the field, stayedclose in the first half thanks to the shooting of Midgley, who had 12 pointsbefore halftime.

The Bears also got some help from Arizona, which continued to have problemshandling the ball. The Wildcats turned the ball over on their first two tripsdown the floor and had 11 in the first half.

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