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Arizona Runs Past Oregon, 92-67
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: February 18, 2005
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By BOB BAUM AP Sports Writer

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) _ 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.

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.

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

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.

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

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