TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- Lute Olson earned his 500th victory as
Arizona's coach on Monday night. This year's Wildcats should give
him quite a few more.
"We've got a lot of things that need to be improved," Olson
said, "but you can see with the quickness and athleticism this can
be a really good team."
Isaiah Fox, suspended from the two previous exhibition games for
stealing a candy bar and bagels from a school store, had his first
career double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds.
Freshman point guard Mustafa Shakur had 14 points on 5-for-7
shooting in his college debut for the Wildcats.
"I think I let the game come to me as far as offensive goes,"
said Shakur, the latest in a long line of outstanding Arizona point
guards. "I just have to work more on my decision making."
Salim Stoudamire, along with Frye the only returning starters
for Arizona, was just 2-for-12 shooting and 1-for-9 on 3-pointers,
but had a game-high seven assists. Iguodala had four of his team's
"Arizona is so quick," Lumberjacks coach Mike Adras said. "I
don't think you'll see too many teams in the country that quick."
Northern Arizona shot just 32 percent for the game and was
outrebounded 62-44, 27-20 on the offensive boards.
"A lot of the Arizona players are much bigger from last year,"
Adras said. "Channing Frye and Andre Iguodala have done tremendous
jobs on their bodies and their shooting ability. You watch them and
you are in awe. They can do some amazing things on the court."
Olson, beginning his 21st season at Arizona, is 500-147 with the
Wildcats. The 69-year-old coach needs eight victories to reach 700
overall. His record is 692-239 at Long Beach State, Iowa and
Olson was reminded that his first win at Arizona also came
against Northern Arizona.
"The fans here are great and we've had a lot of great kids to
coach," he said. "The environment has been great for me, and I'm
happy we've been able to develop consistency in this program."
The Wildcats are on a string of 16 consecutive 20-wins seasons.
"I talked about when I first came I didn't want to develop a
team, I want to develop a program so we could be a competitive team
every year," Olson said. "I certainly didn't expect that it would
be the way it's been, when I've think we've averaged 25 wins or
something a season. That's beyond anything I would have been able
Northern Arizona led 2-0, then the Wildcats scored 13 in a row
and the rout was on.
Arizona took a 53-28 lead on Adams' layup with six seconds left
in the half, then Chris Ferguson sank one from half-court at the
buzzer to make it 53-31 at the break.
Stoudamire, 0-for-7 in the first half, sank a 3-pointer to
ignite a 22-5 run to open the second half and put the Wildcats up
75-36 on Shakur's driving layup with 14:39 to play. Arizona made
nine of 13 shots during that stretch.
Frye said Olson wasn't pleased with much of the team's play --
especially the 12 turnovers -- in the first half, and said so at
"Coach O went in there and got us going again," Frye said.
"We went out there and played Arizona basketball, taking care of
the ball, cutting back on the turnovers and doing what we have to
Northern Arizona (1-1), playing without returning starter Aaron
Bond -- out with an ankle injury -- shot 29 percent in the first
half, including 4-for-20 on 3-pointers, and was outrebounded 35-20.
Arizona plays No. 8 Florida Friday night at the MassMutual
Classic in Springfield, Mass.
The Wildcats begin the season ranked in the top 10 for fourth
time in five years. They won't play a home game again until Dec. 13