Wildcats Rally to Beat Saint Mary's, 73-61

Dec. 10, 2005

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- Arizona's Hassan Adams led a second-half charge, scoring 18 of his season-high 27 points after the break, and the 24th-ranked Wildcats rallied for a 73-61 win over Saint Mary's on Saturday.

The Wildcats (4-3) tied a season high with 15 steals and forced the Gaels (1-3) into 24 turnovers. Daniel Kickert, who was averaging 21 points a game for St. Mary's, was scoreless at halftime and finished with seven points, going 2-of-12 from the field.

Ivan Radenovic did most of the work on Kickert and had nine points and nine rebounds, just missing a third consecutive double-double. Marcus Williams had 14 points to help Arizona go above .500 for the first time since winning its opener.

Brett Collins led Saint Mary's with 13 points. Freshman Diamon Simpson had a season-high 12 points and nine rebounds, and Todd Golden scored 10 points.

Saint Mary's led most of the game, including a 34-27 lead at halftime.

Adams scored six points in the opening 4:40 of the second half, during a charge that carried the Wildcats to a 40-39 lead with 14:19 left in the game -- their first lead since the opening minutes.

Simpson had a basket at the 14:04 mark for the Gaels' last lead, 41-40.

But Adams answered with a basket, starting a 13-6 run that he and Mustafa Shakur capped with transition baskets after Saint Mary's turnovers. Shakur's, with 7:54 remaining, sent the Wildcats to a 53-47 lead.

Adams had baskets 27 seconds apart late in the game before being taken out with 1:17 to go.

John Winston, a 2004-05 midseason transfer from UNLV who became eligible Friday, shot the Gaels into an early 7-2 lead with a 3-pointer, and they stretched it to 16-8 on a 3-pointer by Ian O'Leary with 13:26 left in the first half. Winston and Collins scored three points each as the Gaels outscored Arizona 8-1 before the half ended.

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