Olson wins 500th in rout

Arizona started the game on a 13-2 run and never looked back in a 107-73 rout of Northern Arizona. The Wildcats proved to be too fast, too athletic and just too good for their Big Sky counterparts. The win not only marks the first of the season, but the 500th win for Lute Olson at Arizona.<BR> <A href="">NOTES, PHOTOS & STATS</A> * <A href="">GAME TALK</A>

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"It means I've been here a long time," Olson joked when asked about the 500 wins. "It's been fun. The fans here have been great."

Arizona played a flawed game, but despite committing 19 turnovers, they were able to get by the Lumberjacks with ease.

The Wildcats also got great play in the front court. Arizona outrebounded NAU 62-44, thanks in large part to their big men.

Isaiah Fox, back after a two-game suspension for an off the court violation, had one of the best games of his Wildcat career. The junior scored 15 points on 7-of-9 shooting. He showcased his mobility and was a beast on the boards, grabbing a team-high 11 rebounds.

"It felt good to be out there," Fox confessed. "I just felt a little nervous at the beginning but it came to me."

Fox had eight offensive rebounds, which added to his offensive output. He also had four blocked shots, showing great timing that he hadn't showcased before.

Channing Frye was a beast inside as well. Frye scored a game-high 20 points and added eight boards and three blocked shots. Frye's ability to run the floor gave NAU's big men fits.

NAU had no way to slow down the fast breaking Cats. Arizona ran at every opportunity, especially when they went with a four-one line-up with both Andre Iguodala and Hassan Adams at the two forward spots.

The two sophomores had terrific games, in terms of both scoring and rebounding. Iguodala had 18 points and five rebounds, while Adams just missed a double-double with nine points and nine rebounds. Iguodala added four steals, while Adams had three swipes and five blocked shots.

All told, five Wildcats finished in double figures.

"We played together as a team," said Iguodala. "The stats were pretty even, so guys were having fun."

The Lumberjacks shot uncharacteristically bad. They shot just 32.% from the field and a miserable 24% from behind the arc. The Cats left the door open on a few occasions, but NAU did not take advantage of numerous open shots.

"I've got to think that my guys can shoot better that this," said a frustrated Mike Adras. "I've seen it in practice but it's a lot different with long arms coming at you."

Normally hot-shooting Kelly Golob had his second-straight poor shooting night. He was just 3-14 from the field, 3-11 from three-point range. In fact the Jacks' top-three guards were a combined 4-30 from the field.

Ruben Boykin Jr. got the Lumberjacks on the board in the early going, scroing the game's first two points, but it would be a long time before they'd get the another shot to fall. After the follow-up bucket by Boykin, the Wildcats rattled off 13 in a row and 16 of the next 17 points.

Even when the Lumberjacks had a decent chance to snap the run they struggled. NAU had back-to-back fast breaks, but failed to score on either. First they bricked a dunk off the back of the rim and then on the next trip down, Hassan Adams swatted a lay-up attempt into the second row.

Sloppy Wildcat play allowed the Lumberjacks to get within eight. The Wildcats were careless with the ball, committing a series of turnovers, including a pair of player control fouls and two traveling violations. On the defensive end the Wildcats were foul prone and NAU's 7-2 run had them at 18-10 with 11:25 in the half, despite shooting a paltry 3-for-16 from the field.

Arizona's front court pushed the Arizona lead up to 16. Channing Frye and Isaiah Fox teamed to score nine straight for the Wildcats and Iguodala's three-point play put the Wildcats up 30-14 just before the 8:00 time out.

After Golob's second three made it 33-22, the Wildcats rattled off nine in a row, thanks in large part to five free throws and four points by Iguodala. The Wildcats added an 8-2 run before NAU's Chris Ferguson sank a half-court shot at the buzzer.

Despite two three-pointers by Golob, the Lumberjacks could not cut the lead to than 11. The Wildcats dictated the pace, running at every opportunity and built a 22-point lead at the half.

The lead went over 30 with just over 16:30 to play. On two consecutive trip down the court the Wildcats scored and were fouled, and twice they missed the free throw only to keep it alive. The second miss did not lead to another foul, instead Frye knocked down a 16-footer and when the dust settled the Wildcats had a 71-36 lead.

Freshman Mustafa Shakur was fabulous in leading the break. He just has a knack for moving the ball in the open floor and finds the open man. He scored 14 points to go with his four assists and five rebounds.

Arizona had 75 points before the 14:00 mark and it looked like they could sleepwalk their way to 100 before the 10:00 mark. Instead, NAU mounted a comeback of sorts. Over the next 5:00 the Lumberjacks outscored Arizona 14-5, cutting the lead to 80-50.

The Wildcats passed the century mark with a little over 4:00 to play. Jason Ranne gathered in the offensive rebound and sprinted up the court. He found Matt Brase behind the NAU defense and the junior got the 100th point on his first Division I bucket.


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