TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- Arizona coach Lute Olson called his team
impressive in a 15-0 second-half run that propelled the
fifth-ranked Wildcats to an 83-71 victory over San Diego State on
Most of the rest of the game drew a thumbs-down review from the
Hall of Fame coach.
"We played lights-out in some spurts and we played like the
lights were out in some other times of the game," Olson said.
"That's still the thing that's going to keep us from being a good
Iguodala had nine rebounds in the first 10 minutes of the second
half, several during the 15-0 run that put Arizona (6-1) up 63-41
with 10:59 to play. Salim Stoudamire scored six points in the
outburst, while Frye and Iguodala each added four and Adams hit a
"If you don't make a shot, they're going to be running right up
your nose," San Diego State coach Steve Fisher said. "We did not
do a good job of making some open shots, and then we did a very
poor job with conversion defense -- or they did a great job with
their running the floor."
Although they finished with big numbers, sophomores Adams and
Iguodala drew some severe criticism from their coach for not
consistently banging the boards or playing intelligently on
Olson indicated the two could find themselves sitting more on
the bench with the arrival of Serbian freshman Ivan Radenovic.
"They know what the problem is, so we're just going to have to
sit them if they're not responding on every possession," Olson
With their second-half performance, the two apparently got the
"Everybody has to go up for the rebounds," Adams said. "If
the shots go up, we have to go rebound. That is what's going to win
games for us. We have to hit the boards hard, and get it and go."
Other than that surge, it was a sloppy, mistake-filled game that
often had Olson off the bench and screaming at his players.
"We are quick down the floor. We just need to make better
decisions once we get down there," Olson said. "We just need to
be more fundamentally sound than we are."
San Diego State (7-4) scored six straight points to cut it to
74-62 on Brandon Heath's layup with 2:12 to go. Adams hit a
3-pointer to make it 77-62. The Aztecs cut the lead to 10 in the
Aerick Sanders matched his career best with his second straight
24-point game. Sanders, 11-for-11 in San Diego State's victory over
Eastern Washington on Saturday, was 11-for-19 against Arizona.
Heath added 15 points and Wesley Stokes had 13 points and nine
assists for the Aztecs.
Rodgers, Arizona's first and essentially only player off the
bench, was 3-for-6 from 3-point range, but the rest of the Wildcats
were 4-for-18. San Diego State was just 6-for-25 on 3-pointers.
As has been the case most of the young season, the Wildcats
struggled early, but they finished the first half with a 9-2 run to
go up 41-31.
Sanders, who scored 16 points in the first half on 8-for-12
shooting, hit a short baseline jumper to cut the lead to 32-29 with
2:50 left in the half.
Rodgers followed with his second 3-pointer, then Frye blocked
Sanders' shot, leading to Mustafa Shakur's fastbreak stuff to make
it 37-29 with 1:55 left.
Shakur scored on a driving 6-footer, then Rodgers finished the
run with a 14-footer to give Arizona the 41-31 lead, its biggest of
The Wildcats' victory went against history for Arizona in what
has been dubbed the "nightmare before Christmas" syndrome. The
Wildcats improved to 7-14 in their final game before Christmas
Radenovic was in uniform on the bench and will be eligible to
play Sunday in the Fiesta Bowl Classic opener against Liberty.
Olson said that will give him a chance to enforce his
"Ivan can guard inside or out," Olson said. "If somebody
doesn't go to the glass, even if he's in there 10 seconds, we'll
pull them out. That's just the way we're going to have to treat the
situation. Ivan will make a tremendous difference for us."