Oregon 67

(12-10, 4-9 Pac-12)

(10) Arizona 92

(22-4, 12-2 Pac-12)

    8:30 PM ET, February 17, 2005

    McKale Center, Tucson, Arizona

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    ORE 34 3367
    #10ARIZ 43 4992

    Top Performers

    Oregon: M. Hairston 21 Pts, 2 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Blk

    Arizona: C. Frye 19 Pts, 5 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 7 Blk

    Wildcats winners of five straight

    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- Assists, steals, blocked shots and 3-pointers -- Arizona put them all together in an overpowering second-half performance that buried Oregon.

    Salim Stoudamire shook off a slow start to score 22 points and the 10th-ranked Arizona Wildcats made 21 of 30 shots in the second half to rout Oregon 92-67 on Thursday night.

    Channing Frye scored 19 points and blocked a career-high seven shots in Arizona's fifth consecutive victory. Hassan Adams scored 17, 12 in the second half, and Chris Rodgers had 11 points and a career-best nine assists for the Pac-10 leading Wildcats (No. 11 ESPN/USA Today; No. 10 AP).

    Arizona (22-4, 12-2 Pac-10) was 20-of-26 in the second half before coach Lute Olson emptied his bench with three minutes to play.

    "Defense was the key," Olson said. "I thought we did a nice job of converting steals into layups. We have been dominating people really well."

    Frye dominated the game inside.

    "I just wanted to be aggressive on the defensive end," Frye said. "If I don't establish myself, then they are just going to have a field day."

    It was the next-to-last home game for Frye and Stoudamire, both seniors.

    Malik Hairston scored a career-high 21 points on 10-for-12 shooting for the Ducks (12-10, 4-9), losers of seven of eight and in danger of failing to make the conference tournament. Bryce Taylor added 15 points. Aaron Brooks scored 10 and had six assists, but committed a career-worst 10 of Oregon's 19 turnovers.

    Arizona made six shots in a row, and Adams scored eight points, in a 16-4 run that put the Wildcats up 68-51 with 9:06 remaining. Frye had a three-point play and Stoudamire a 3-pointer during the surge.

    Oregon cut it to 68-56, but Arizona responded with a 13-3 outburst, highlighted by Stoudamire's 25-foot 3-pointer, to go up 81-59 on Rodgers' 16-footer with 3:43 remaining.

    The Wildcats shot just 37 percent in the first half (14-for-38), but took 13 more shots than the Ducks (12-for-25) and led 43-34. Frye scored 12 in the first half despite missing a handful of point-blank attempts. Oregon committed nine first-half turnovers to Arizona's two.

    Frye's inside basket with 6:59 left in the half gave Arizona a 30-24 lead, and Jawann McClellan's 3-pointer made it 35-28.

    Stoudamire, 1-for-7 up to that time, finished the half with an NBA-range 3-pointer to give Arizona its nine-point halftime edge. Stoudamire said the Arizona players were lucky to be up at the half after playing so poorly.

    "We were mad," he said. "Players were hitting the wall, and we were cursing. Sometimes you need to get that out."

    The Division I leader in 3-point shooting, Stoudamire was 4-for-6 in this one.

    "I shot an air ball (in the first half), but I didn't care," he said. "I knew I would heat up."

    Frye's basket opened the second half, but the Ducks scored the next points to cut it to 45-40 on Hairston's steal and breakaway stuff. Arizona outscored Oregon 47-22 after that.

    "When you play a ranked team," Hairston said, "you can't have stretches of letdowns."

    Oregon was without Ian Crosswhite, suspended for athletic department rule violations for last week's games, then kicked off the team on Tuesday.

    "We probably played about 25 minutes in that game," Ducks coach Ernie Kent said. "The 3-pointer by Stoudamire at the end of the first half was important, that put us down by nine instead of six. We just had an eight-minute stretch in the second half where we got very sloppy with the ball."

    The Wildcats play their final home game of the season on Sunday, against Oregon State.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 67 92
    FG Made-Attempted 26-52 (.500) 35-68 (.515)
    3P Made-Attempted 6-14 (.429) 8-18 (.444)
    FT Made-Attempted 9-15 (.600) 14-17 (.824)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 14 (0/0) 14 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 4 29

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