Adams' suspension leaves 'Cats without top scorer

Updated: March 6, 2006, 5:54 PM ET
Associated Press

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Arizona coach Lute Olson suspended the team's leading scorer, Hassan Adams, from participation in this week's Pac-10 tournament on Monday following the star forward's arrest on suspicion of drunk driving over the weekend.

Adams, a 21-year-old senior, issued a statement through the university apologizing to the coaches, university and the Wildcats' fans.

"I accept the coach's decision to be suspended from the Pac-10 tournament," Adams said. "I wish the team well and hope for its success. I'm looking forward to participating in the NCAA Tournament if Arizona is invited."

Tucson police pulled over a car driven by Adams for speeding early Sunday and said they noticed signs he was intoxicated.

Police said two breathalyzer tests showed a blood-alcohol level of 0.12 percent. The legal limit in Arizona is 0.08.

Adams had missed a 3-point try in the final shot of the Wildcats' 70-67 home loss to Washington on Saturday.

Adams is averaging 17.3 points per game this season, third in the Pac-10 behind Cal's Leon Powe (20.0) and Washington's Brandon Roy (19.6). Adams is the conference's runaway leader in steals with 78 (2.69 per game).

The Wildcats (18-11 overall, 11-7 Pac-10) play Stanford (15-12, 11-7) in the Pac-10 tournament quarterfinals Thursday at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.


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