Blue holds off Red for 99-93 win

All-purpose sophomore Andre Iguodala led the way in scoring and chipped in with a key defensive play in the late stages as the Blue held off a Red rally en route to a 99-93 victory in the Red/Blue Scrimmage.<BR> <A href="">NOTES, STATS AND PHOTOS</A>

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Andre Iguodala recorded game highs with 32 points and 17 rebounds, but he was also instrumental when the game was still in doubt. Down three with 32 seconds remaining, Red Team guard Salim Stoudamire eyed a potential game-tying bomb from beyond the arc, but Iguodala partially blocked the shot, preserving the Blue win.

"In the end the Blues got the more touches and good shots," Arizona Coach Lute Olson said. "The Whites came down and tried to do too much from the guard position, especially when Channing (Frye) and Kirk (Walters) were shooting for good percentages."

Frye had 24 points and 15 rebounds to lead the Red team. Walters, the freshman center, struggled early, but had a strong second half. He had 22 points and 10 rebounds on 9-for-13 shooting from the floor. Meanwhile, Stoudamire finished just 7-of-19, 2-for-7 from three-point range.

"I thought Salim forced some shots, but there will be opportunities," Olson said. "He and Channing work well together with picks and such. Channing may be the second or third best outside shooter we have."

Frye's center counterpart, Isaiah Fox, delivered a strong performance as well. Fox finished with 30 points on 15-of-21 shooting, including a couple efforts from 16 feet. However, Fox only managed four rebounds.

"I had a pretty good game," Fox said. "The coach was real mad about the rebounding and setting picks, but I was pretty happy with the way I played."

Walk-on Matt Brase had 15 points and six rebounds, while freshman point guard Mustafa Shakur chimed in with a 14-point, six-board, nine-assist effort in the Blue win.

Chris Rodgers scored 23 points on 9-of-17 shooting for the Red team. He and Iguodala tied for the team high in steals with three apiece.

Despite the lofty individual efforts, the overall performance was a mixed bag, especially in regards to defense.

"We have a tremendous amount of work to do defensively, but you can see the problems we have in terms of depth," Olson said. "It will be a lot better when we settle on the top seven or eight guys. Condition-wise, they were in pretty good shape considering there hasn't been a lot of rest in practice. Defensively we're not good at all right now, and that concerns me."

Arizona faces an Australian opponent Wednesday, November 12, in exhibition action.

"We'll have our hands full next week," Olson said. "That's a real good team. Right now they're getting ready for their season. That will be a real challenge for us."

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