Red Scare: Arizona rolls past Cal

Apparently, the UA doesn't believe in superstition. Despite a 1-5 record in the dreaded red uniforms, Arizona went with the uni-color look. On the court, the UA repeatedly had an answer for countless Cal pushes en route to a 87-67 win at Haas Pavilion.

Arizona took the first minute off and committed two turnovers, but pressure defense turned a 2-0 deficit into a 5-2 advantage as Mustafa Shakur delivered a breakaway alley-oop pass for the rim-rattling finish from Hassan Adams.

The Wildcats upped their early lead to 10-5 when Ivan Radenovic converted a fast-break bucket that led to a three-point play, and Channing Frye hit his second jumper near the top of the key for a 12-7 advantage. He hit another jumper on the ensuing possession for his ninth point of the night.

At the midway point of the first half, Cal called a timeout in an effort to solve the UA's suffocating defense. The Golden Bears utilized more effective penetration for a pair of layups and a three-pointer that briefly trimmed the Wildcat lead to 16-14. But Arizona answered. A Salim Stoudamire layup in transition stemmed the tide and sparked a 7-2 Wildcat run.

Throughout much of the rest of the half, offense left the building. Cal and Arizona traded offensive fouls and the UA settled for three-point attempts in a four-minute offensive drought. A Richard Midgely three trimmed the Wildcat advantage to 26-24 with 4:45 to go in the first half, but that was the UA's cue to answer, and answer it did with long-range bombs from Adams and Frye. Midgely responded with a three on the other end, and the UA held onto a 34-30 lead.

Arizona dominated the glass, but kept Cal alive by virtue of poor ball-control. The UA endured a dozen first-half turnovers, but took a 38-34 lead into the locker room.

Cal opened the second half as if it was shot from a cannon, rattling off six straight points en route to a short-lived 40-38 lead.

But then came the definitive answer: 11 straight from Arizona. Radenovic drained a jumper to claim the tie, Shakur buried a three, Radenovic added a layup in transition, after a timeout Frye finished a layup, and Adams converted a steal and layup. A goaltend on Frye ended the Golden Bear drought, and trimmed the lead to 49-42, but Cal would never mount a serious threat from that point on.

Arizona went on a 7-2 run that upped the lead to 56-44. Frye was the impetus with five points, including his 20th of the game on a soft-touch hook with 13 minutes left. Cal got it to nine twice, but the UA responded on each occasion.

Frye, Adams and Radenovic provided the majority of the offensive firepower. Stoudamire took just one shot from the field.

The Wildcats won their ninth straight. They battle Stanford Saturday afternoon at 1.


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