Frye it up

Stanford has beaten Arizona the last three times on the Wildcat's home turf. Channing Frye and Salim Stoudamire made sure there wouldn't be a fourth. The two Arizona seniors put on an offensive as well as defensive performance.

Stanford got off to a good start and jumped in front early, but it didn't last long. Arizona was able to go on an 11-2 run getting kick started by a block by Frye. Chris Rodgers was then able to hit back-to-back three pointers and a two-point jumper to put the Cats in front 20-14.

A field goal by Stoudamire pushed the lead even higher. Frye was able to get inside score two more points, making the lead 33-21. Stoudamire then hit his first three of the game. A steal by Hassan Adams followed up by a lay up put Arizona up by 13 points.

At halftime the score was 42-34 in Arizona's favor. You could see that coach Lute Olson made sure the team was not making the same mistakes they made last weekend against Washington State. One of the keys to the first half was the great defense, especially by Adams and Frye. Arizona had four blocks at the half and Frye had two of them along with ten points. Rodgers wasn't far behind with eight points. Arizona was shooting 55% and Stanford 44%.

Arizona continued to play well during the second half with Ivan Radenovic hitting a jumper to get them started. A Stoudamire three pointer made it 47-36. Pass in alley oop by Frye got the crowd back into the game and on their feet. A monster dunk and one by Frye continued Arizona's assault.

Adams hit a free throw, turning it into a three-point play and giving Arizona their biggest lead of the game at 59-42. Frye was then benched at the 11:15 mark with his fourth personal foul. Olson was not at all happy with the call made on Frye by the officials but he had no other choice but to give Frye a breather.

A Rodgers three and a jumper by Adams made it 66-48. Stoudamire then hit another shot from behind the arch to put the icing on the cake. Stoudamire then drove to the hole giving Arizona a 20-point lead. Stoudamire went onto hit his fifth three pointer of the game and then drove to the hole again giving Arizona their biggest lead of the game at 88-66. Stoudamire helped put the icing on the cake as the Wildcats closed the game at 90-72.

There is no doubt that Stoudamire and Frye led Arizona to victory. The Cats were hot from behind the arch hot all day as Stoudamire knocked down five three's and Rodgers hit three three's. Defense was also a major key to this win as Adams continued to be consistent on that end.

Frye racked up an amazing four of the eight blocks that Arizona brought in. He was also playing very well on the boards with 13 rebounds. Arizona made it hard for Stanford to get good looks at the basket and that may have been what the problem was the first time these two teams met this season with Arizona coming out on the loosing side. Stoudamire ended the game with 26 points and Frye with 15 points.

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