Home Cookin: Arizona corrals Cowboys

The Wyoming Cowboys were subject to a good old-fashioned ambush in the wild frontier. After an up-and-down week on the road, home cookin' tasted sweet as the UA rolled to a convincing 98-70 win at McKale Center.

The Wildcats got strong efforts from Salim Stoudamire, Channing Frye and freshman Jawann McClellan as they pulled away in the second half for the easy win.

Arizona rattled off the game's first seven points, and limited Wyoming's options on the other end of the floor. Salim Stoudamre benefited early from the UA's better shooting performance. He drained a deep three that gave Arizona a 15-7 advantage and responded to a Cowboy three with a pull-up jumper to build the Wildcat margin to 17-10.

Jay Straight kept Wyoming around early. He buried three threes to account for nine of the team's first 13 points.

"We've done a good job of taking away what we wanted to take away, but Straight killed us," said Arizona Coach Lute Olson.

As the half progressed, Wyoming hung around, and even cut the lead to two at 34-32 with a Straight leaner off a fastbreak opportunity, but Arizona answered right back with a three-pointer from Jesus Verdejo.

Arizona went to the break at the half up eight. Jawann McClellan converted an acrobatic bucket and foul shot and Stoudamire beat the buzzer with an offensive rebound and putback.

The UA made the necessary adjustments at the half.

"When Coach Olson comes in at halftime he stresses the first five minutes of the second half," McClellan said. "We wanted to come out and lay it on them right away, and we did that."

Channing Frye spearheaded a 22-6 Wildcat run to kick off the opening of Arizona's dominant second-half performance. He made a nice block on the defensive end and hit a couple buckets offensively, including a deep jumper. A Stoudamire three pushed the UA margin to 58-39 at the 16-minute timeout, and that was all she wrote.

"Everybody contributed in a lot of ways," Frye said. "I think coming back from New York and playing those really good teams we know what it's going to take. People are stepping up now and they know what they need to contribute, and I think me and Salim are trying to be more vocal, and we're trying to establish ourselves as the leaders."

McClellan had another stellar outing. The freshman scored 19 points. In all, four Wildcats surpassed the double-figure mark. Other than Stoudamire and Frye, Adams finished with 16 points, and warmed up considerably in the second half, shooting 5-7 from the floor in the game's final 20 minutes. He was also the beneficiary of an impressive alley-oop dunk delivered by Stoudamire.

"I'm feeling very comfortable," said McClellan. "Coaches have been playing me a lot more. Every time I step out onto the court I just want to play hard. I'm not looking for points, I'm just looking for defense and rebounding."

Arizona shot close to 50 percent from the field.

"We did a much better job with shot selection," Olson explained. "Being patient for the opening to come."


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