Arizona rolls Raiders, packs bags for NYC

Salim Stoudamire exploded for 17 first-half points and Arizona used a dominant first half to put away its second consecutive opponent. The UA pounded Wright State 83-66 to advance to the semi-finals of the NIT in New York City.

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For the second straight night, Arizona's defense looked inspired early. Wright State could manage just one bucket through the game's first four minutes, and struggled with the UA's quickness, size and athleticism on every offensive position.

Channing Frye turned in a stellar play after the initial timeout with a blocked shot followed in transition by a dunk and foul that capped a three-point play. Salim Stoudamire buried a pair of three-pointers as the UA built a 20-10 advantage at the midway point of the first half.

"I thought we just came out and jumped on them hard," Coach Olson said. "We had a quick defense."

Stoudamire stroked a third three in transition as the Wildcats continued their barrage. Stoudamire's fourth three extended Arizona's lead to 20, 34-14, with 4:34 to go in the first half. He added another before intermission.

"It obviously helps when Salim hits threes like he did," Coach Olson commented. "He's worked hard (on releasing the ball quickly)."

The second half was no different. Arizona rattled off the half's first seven points and never looked back.

Wright State actually mounted a 19-4 run midway through the second half, but never got closer than 15. Stoudamire finished with 24 points on the night. Zakee Boyd had 24 points to lead the Raiders.

"This game was a little better than Tuesday, but they came back in the second half," Salim Stoudamire said.

Arizona travels to New York City for a Wednesday night date with Michigan at Madison Square Garden in the NIT semi-finals, but first journeys to Virginia for a Sunday encounter with the Cavaliers.

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