Player of the game: No small Frye

STANFORD, CALIF.—The future is now! If Curtis Borchardt is the best center in the Pac-10, then Channing Frye served notice that he is not far behind. The Wildcat freshman was money from 15' and helped lead the Wildcats to an 88-82 win against Stanford.

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There is no denying that Borchardt was on top of his game. The 7-foot junior center scored 25 points and pulled down an amazing 21 rebounds, including a whopping 10 off the offensive glass.

As good as Borchardt was, Frye was almost as good. The Phoenix native scored a career high 22 points on 10-of-13 shooting. He also had 10 rebounds and a pair of assists.

"If I can't stop him (Borchardt), I might as well match him point for point," said Frye.

"He hit some big shots," Lute Olson said of Frye . "He's got some touch."

Frye was most dangerous outside. After missing his first jump shot he proceeded to knock down his next from 15-feet and beyond. Not only was he scoring from the outside, but he was also taking Borchardt away from the paint where the Cardinal bigman can wreak havoc on the small Arizona guards.

"I needed to slide over and help down low," Borchardt said. "They kicked it to (Frye) and he made six or seven of those jumpers. He had a great game."

"Anytime you play a shotblocker like Borchardt, Coach ‘O' emphasizes getting him away from the basket," Frye said. "I had to step up and hit my outside shot."

Maples Pavilion is one of the toughest environments in the conference, but Frye was not intimidated by the hostile crowd. The young center was money down the stretch. He scored four straight for the Wildcats as they clawed their way back into the game after being down 10 at halftime.

He grabbed an offensive rebound and got an easy lay-in to cut the Cardinal lead to 69-68. His 18-footer with 4:34 to play got the Cats within one, 71-70.

"I think I missed my first one, but I got the rebound," Frye said. "After that I got used to the floor."

Frye didn't score in the overtime session but he was active and strong. He pulled down two boards, one on the offensive end and one after a Borchardt missed free throw. He also limited Borchardt offensively. Borchardt was limited to a lone field goal and two free throws in the extra session. Borchardt scored 14 points in the game's first 16:00, but was limited to only 11 over the next 29:00.


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