Dec. 21, 2001
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - Arizona got an outstanding performance from freshman center Channing Frye on Thursday. The 11th-ranked Wildcats might just need the same thing from him on Saturday when they continue Pac-10 play against Oregon.
Frye, inserted into the starting lineup because Isaiah Fox broke an undisclosed team rule, tallied 18 points and 16 rebounds Thursday as Arizona (6-2) held off Oregon State 76-73 in the conference opener for both teams.
The 6-foot-10 Frye made all 10 of his free throws and grabbed eight offensive rebounds while his teammates combined for two.
"He knew how much we had to rely on him," Arizona coach Lute Olson said. "He's so coachable and he works so hard at the things he needs to do that he's going to be a great player."
Frye, the team leader in blocked shots, entered the game averaging 4.9 points and 16 minutes.
Another Arizona starter, guard Will Bynum, also missed Thursday's game for violating a team rule. Olson hasn't said if Bynum and Fox would play Saturday.
Freshman guard Salim Stoudamire, an Oregon native, struggled in his first collegiate game in his home state. He scored 11 points on 1-of-8 shooting with one rebound and no assists in 32 minutes.
Junior guard Jason Gardner had 15 points against Oregon, leaving him three shy of becoming the 31st player in school history with 1,000 points. Gardner leads the Pac-10 in scoring, averaging 22.1 points per game.
Arizona's defense will be tested against the top offense in the Pac-10. Oregon is first in the conference and 10th in the nation in scoring at 85.5 points per game.
"Oregon is really up-tempo, athletic, quick and very experienced," said Olson. "They have a lot of key guys back for them."
While the Wildcats hope to sweep the state of Oregon, the Ducks (7-3) will try to do the same against the state of Arizona.
Frederick Jones and Luke Jackson combined for 55 points on 16-of-25 shooting Thursday to lead Oregon to a 103-90 victory over Arizona State. The Ducks shot 57 percent (32-of-56) from the field and 35-of-39 from the free throw line.
Oregon has four starters averaging in double figures. Jones leads the team with 15.0 points per game, followed by Jackson (14.2), sophomore Luke Ridnour (13.4) and junior Robert Johnson (10.0). Johnson tops the Ducks with 8.3 rebounds per game.
Arizona ended a rare two-game losing streak to Oregon with a 104-65 rout at Tucson on March 3. The Ducks posted a 79-67 victory on Feb. 1 in the last meeting between the teams in Eugene.