California 63

(13-16, 6-12 Pac-12)

(9) Arizona 88

(26-5, 15-3 Pac-12)

    3:20 PM ET, March 10, 2005

    Staples Center, Los Angeles, California

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    CAL 23 4063
    #9ARIZ 42 4688

    Top Performers

    California: D. McGuire 13 Pts, 6 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Blk

    Arizona: C. Frye 22 Pts, 4 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Blk

    California (13-15) at No. 8 Arizona (25-5) 3:20 pm EST

    LOS ANGELES (Ticker) -- No. 8 Arizona begins its quest for a fifth Pacific-10 Conference tournament title when it meets California in a quarterfinal matchup Thursday at the Staples Center.

    The Wildcats, who won this tournament from 1988-90 and again in 2002, won 13 of its last 15 regular-season games to gain the top seed.

    They were aided by a dramatic turn of events Saturday when Washington, who was tied with Arizona atop the standings entering the day, lost at Stanford and the Wildcats posted a last-second victory at Arizona State to win the league by a game.

    Salim Stoudamire capped an outstanding senior campaign with a jumper with 0.6 seconds left to lift Arizona to a 70-68 win Saturday.

    Stoudamire finished the regular season third in the conference in scoring with an 18.1 average, first in free-throw percentage with an 89.7 mark and atop the circuit with 3.3 3-pointers per game.

    The 6-1 guard was benched on December 18 at Marquette for disciplinary reasons but has carried the club since and enters postseason play with a pair of milestones in sight.

    Stoudamire is tied with Jason Gardner for the school's all-time lead with 318 career 3-pointers and is just five away from matching the Pac-10 record, accomplished by Stevin Smith at Arizona State from 1991-94. He also is 23 points shy of tying his cousin Damon for fifth place on the Wildcats' all-time scoring list at 1,849.

    Hassan Adams scored 15 points and Mustafa Shakur added 14 in Saturday's victory as Arizona coach Lute Olson became the league's leader in career conference victories with 305, passing Hall of Famer John Wooden.

    After opening conference play with a 5-6 mark, the Golden Bears slid down the stretch and finished 6-12, narrowly earning a spot in the eight-team tournament after a 63-57 overtime win against Washington State on Saturday.

    The victory snapped their six-game losing streak and, coupled with a loss by Oregon at UCLA, put Cal into Thursday's matchup.

    Marquise Kately scored 17 points on 8-of-10 shooting and hit the go-ahead shot in overtime to key Saturday's win. Rod Benson, who added 15 points and eight rebounds, leads the Golden Bears in scoring (13.7) and rebounding (6.4).

    Channing Frye scored 20 points in both of Arizona's easy wins over California this season.


    School Info

    Conference Pac-12 Pac-12
    Nickname Golden Bears Wildcats
    Type Public Public

    2004-05 Season

    Jan 6, 2005 ARIZ 87, @CAL 67Recap
    Feb 3, 2005 @ARIZ 97, CAL 76Recap
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