Cats roll in Pac-10 Tourney

LOS ANGELES-By the 10-minute mark of the second half Arizona was in coast mode. With the possibility of playing three games in three days, Lute Olson cleared his bench and the reserves held up their end of the bargan in a 88-63 win over Cal in the first round of the Pac-10 Tournament.

To say that the Wildcats were in control early would be an understatement. The Cats played Jesus Verdejo and Jawann McClellan for long stretches of the first half and Isaiah Fox saw action early in the second half.

McClellan had a solid effort contributing 14 points on the afternoon alongside four rebounds. On the strength of Channing Frye, Arizona dominated nearly every aspect of the game. Frye led the way with 22 points including nine in the first half.

"I felt that after the ASU game I was rushing, and my game was kind of embarrassing," said Frye.

aArizona jumped out to a 10-0 lead in the opening minutes. Salim Stoudamire hit a three pointer to go along with buckets by Mustafa Shakur, Ivan Radenovic and Frye and a free throw by Hassan Adams.

"I think we came out today to win and very focused," Radenovic added.

Stoudamire had a quiet seven points and four rebounds on the game, but was very active in all areas of his game. The three put Stoudamire past Jason Gardner for the school's all-time three point shooter.

Stoudamire is one of the most difficult players to defend, and Richard Midgley did one of the best jobs on Stoudamire all season.

"Everyone grabs me but my teammates pick up the slack," Stoudamire said.

Shakur added his third straight strong performance and his consistency is becoming more evident with each game. The sophomore point guard added ten points, eight assists, three rebounds and only one turnover.

"Everybody really shared the ball and came focused on playing together," said Shakur. "Everyone wanted to be involved."

Frye was the story. The senior scored 22 points on 10-11 shooting. He made his first 10 shots before missing a three in the second half.

"I just wanted to step up for the team and do good things on the defensive end to open up the offensive end," Frye said.

Arizona shot the ball extremely well from the field shooting 58.1% for the game. In addition, the Cats held Cal to only 38.8% shooting on the day.

All things told Arizona gained 18 more possessions on the game. The UA out rebounded the Golden Bears 39-27, added eight more assists, but also had two more turnovers.

Arizona never trailed in the game, and came out focused from the opening tip. After the game, Shakur commented on how important it is to maintain that focus.

"It's very important (to keep that focus) because it is going to be a tougher game tomorrow obviously," explained Shakur. "We just all need to be on the same level."

Arizona now moves on to play the winner of Oregon State/UCLA Friday at 4:30 MST, as they move towards their quest of a Pac-10 Tournament Championship

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