SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- Hassan Adams says the unranked Arizona
Wildcats are too busy winning games to worry about falling out of
the Top 25.
"We like flying under the radar," Adams said after scoring 25
points Thursday night in a 70-52 win over Washington State in the
Pac-10 opener for both teams. "If we make it to the Final Four, we
won't care what (ranking) number is beside our name."
The Wildcats (8-3), ranked in 312 consecutive regular-season
polls until last week, opened defense of their Pac-10
regular-season championship by extending their winning streak to
six. The Cougars, 7-3, were led by Derrick Low's 11 points.
Adams, the Pac-10 scoring leader heading into Thursday's games
with 19.3 points per game, keyed pivotal Arizona scoring spurts in
Adams scored six points in the 11-4 run at the end of the first
half that provided Arizona with a 35-26 halftime lead. Arizona led
49-32 six minutes into the second half after Adams poured in the
last 10 Wildcats points -- capped by back-to-back dunks -- in the
14-6 run that started the half.
"We didn't have a matchup against him," Washington State coach
Dick Bennett said.
The Wildcats outrebounded Washington State 47-27, limited the
Cougars to 33.3 percent shooting from the floor and forced 18
turnovers. The field-goal percentage was a season low for WSU and
an Arizona opponent.
"They collapsed under the basket (on defense) better than any
Arizona team that I've coached against," Bennett said. "That's
something all great teams have."
"Our defense got them out of their comfort zone," Adams said.
"We limited them to one shot, and with our guards getting the
rebounds, we were pushing the fast break."
The Wildcats were led in rebounding by guards Mustafa Shakur
(nine) and Adams (eight).
"We're a quick team defensively," Arizona coach Lute Olson
said. "We're a quick team to convert turnovers."
"They just dominated us," Bennett said. "We just could not
come close to their athleticism."
The Cougars scored 10 unanswered points to pull within seven at
49-42 midway through the second half, but never came closer.
Marcus Williams, a freshman from Seattle, went 7-for-10 from the
field and scored 15 points for Arizona.
Low hit 3 of 5 from 3-point range, but was 0-for-8 from inside
The loss was WSU's 40th in the last 41 games with Arizona.