Oct. 28, 2001
TUCSON, Ariz. - Junior Jason Gardner scored 29 points and freshman Channing Frye added 26 in leading the University of Arizona Blue team to a 125-78 victory Sunday in the team's annual Pepsi Red-Blue Scrimmage.
Gardner, Frye and teammate Luke Walton were the only three players on the UA roster that played exclusively for the Blue squad. The exhibition scrimmage, played in front of a crowd of 3,809, featured rotating lineups in which most of the players saw time on both squads.
"I thought the three juniors played really well," said Arizona head coach Lute Olson. "Once we got Rick Anderson in there in the second half, he, Luke (Walton) and Jason (Gardner) worked really well together. The key will be finding out who the other two will be."
Gardner, the 5-foot-10 guard from Indianapolis, Ind., drained the first of his four three-pointers 11 seconds into the game to ignite a 13-0 run as the Blue team never trailed in the contest. He scored 15 of his game-high 29 points in the first half and finished the game with eight assists and three steals.
Frye, a 6-foot-10 forward from Phoenix, was also key in the opening run, scoring six straight points to push the lead to double figures. He connected on 11-of-18 shots from the floor, added eight rebounds and four blocked shots, and chalked it up as a learning experience.
"It was a lot of fun out there tonight," said Frye. "This was an opportunity to go out and show what we've learned in the first couple of weeks in practice. Tonight was a good learning experience by getting used to playing in front of the fans and continuing to work with each other."
All told, the Blue team shot 60.7 percent from the floor (51-of-84), including 11-of-19 from three-point range, and collected 31 assists against just 10 turnovers. The Red squad shot 47.7 percent for the game, but was plagued by 27 turnovers.
"Anytime it's an intrasquad scrimmage, it's going to be good news, bad news," said Olson. "Defense is the key to me. You have to be a full time defender."
The Red team wasn't without a few notable performances. Freshmen Will Bynum and Dennis Latimore combined for 36 points in the effort. Bynum, who finished with 29 points overall, connected on 7-of-14 shots while with the Red squad and added three assists. Latimore added 17 points and five rebounds.
All but one Wildcat player scored in the contest and five players tallied 15 or more points.
Arizona opens the 2001-02 season against Maryland on Nov. 8 at the Coaches vs. Cancer IKON Classic in New York City. Tip-off is approximately 9 p.m. EST and can be seen on ESPN2.