Cats beat Bears 95-75

If Arizona was looking past Cal, then Stanford needs to watch out. Arizona dismantled the Bears 95-75, setting up a showdown with undefeated Stanford on Saturday. The win tied Lute Olson with Fred Enke as the school's all time winningest coach.

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Olson won his 509th game and is poised to supplant Enke from the top of the list with his next victory.

Arizona shot a remarkable 50.8% from the field and took advantage of an undermanned Bears club that sorely missed superb freshman power forward Leon Powe, who sat out the game with a swollen knee. Salim Stoudamire was again the hot hand. After his 26-pont performance against ASU, the junior scored 18 points, all in the first half, on 6-8 shooting. He played just 26 minutes as Lute Olson rested his starters down the stretch.

Wildcat defenders forced 22 steals, while dishing out 26 assists on their 33 baskets.

Channing Frye had a field day without the wide-bodied Powe down low. Frye scored 16 points and was able to get his shot off with ease against the likes of Gabriel Hughes and Rod Benson. Frye was also strong of defense, swatting four shots.

"We had fun and tried to be physical," Frye said. "We just went out and stayed with our game."

Hassan Adams led the club with 19 points and nine rebounds and was the recipient of a handful of sweet lob passes from Mustafa Shakur.

Shakur got the best of Ayinde Ubaka in the battle of freshman point guards. Shakur scored just two points, but had seven assists and just a lone turnover. Ubaka had six points and a pair of assists to go with two turnovers.

Marquise Kately was the lone bright spot for the Bears. The freshman swingman scored 18 points.

Even without Powe, Cal hung around in the early stages. The Bears did a great job on the offensive glass. Gabriel Hughes had two early putbacks and the Bears were within four, 17-13 after a Richard Midgley lay-in.

That good feeling would not last long. The Cats tightened the defense and utilized the three-point shot to blow things wide open. Arizona heated up from the outside and that was all she wrote for Cal. The Cats went on a 13-3 run thanks in large part to three-pointers by Stoudamire, Iguodala and Chris Rodgers.

Things never got any better as the Wildcats built a 20-point lead with 2:38 left in the half. Shakur stole the ball up top and raced down the court with Hassan Adams not too far behind. Shakur got the defender to come to him and put up a perfect lob pass to Adams who did his usual crowd pleasing finish.

It wouldn't take the Wildcats very long to build a 30-point lead and it would be Adams who would do the honors again. Adams took another lob pass from Shakur, this time laying it in, and the Wildcats found themselves up 58-28 just a few minutes into the second half.

Cal used a small run to get the game within 20-points. The Bears outscored the Wildcat 14-4, thanks in large part to more solid play on the offensive glass.

The game ended on a humorous note. Freshman Beau Muhlbach had a breakaway and tried to finish with a dunk. He left a tad bit early as the ball hit the front of the rim and he went sprawling as the game ended.

"That made the game more fun," Adams laughed. "It was hilarious. He can usually make those."

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