Arizona routs USC at Sports Arena

With nothing to lose, USC tried to run with Arizona, and got run out of the gym instead. The UA jumped on Troy early and often, and won its 20th game of the year in impressive fashion. It also marked the 300th Pac-10 victory for Wildcat head coach Lute Olson.

Despite three early turnovers, Arizona raced to a 12-4 lead. The UA rattled off 10 straight points. During the run, Channing Frye found Ivan Radenovic cutting to the basket for a traditional three-point play, Salim Stoudamire drained a deep three, Mustafa Shakur drove the lane for an easy bucket and Radenovic returned the favor as he found a streaking Frye for a breakaway dunk.

The Wildcats had some issues holding onto the ball, but for the most part the running game just kept burying the Trojans. Stoudamire scored in a variety of ways: traditional three on a breakaway with an assist from Chris Rodgers, two pointer and three-pointer on the secondary break. As a result, Arizona exploded to a 27-12 lead, and when Jawann McClellan cut into the passing lane en route to a breakaway dunk, it put the cap on a 13-0 UA run.

Gabe Pruitt and Nick Young kept USC in the hunt, and helped to trim the margin to 10 on three occasions in the first half. Pruitt got Troy to 39-30 with a three at the buzzer after Stoudamire hit a runner with six seconds left for his 14th point.

But the Wildcats took no prisoners in the early stages of the second half, and built a 20-point advantage in the first six minutes, largely by virtue of Hassan Adams' acrobatics. He drove the lane for a pair of athletic reverse lay-ins that helped to set the stage as the UA made nine of its first 12 second-half shots.

USC made the final look respectable with points late.

Stoudamire led all scorers with 26 points on 9-of-14 shooting. Frye made seven-of-nine shots from the field en route to 14 points and seven rebounds.

Arizona improved to 20-4 on the season, 10-2 in Pac-10 play, but the milestone belonged to Lute Olson, who became the second coach in league history to record 300 conference wins. With four more Pac-10 victories, he will tie the legendary John Wooden.

The Wildcats travel to Pauley Pavilion for a date with UCLA Saturday at 6pm.


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