Channing Frye. The senior center scored 17 and pulled down 10 rebounds. He added five blocks and was a major reason the Cats had the strong second half. It was his seventh double-double of the season.
PLAY OF THE GAME
Frye runs the floor and is rewarded with the ball near the top of the key. He takes two steps and slams home a monstrous one-handed slam.
Down three at the half, the Cats open the second half with a 16-2 run.
FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING
It is the first win for the Wildcats over in four tries. The Cats and Aggies had not met since 1963.
SO MUCH FOR UP-TEMPO
The Cats were held to under 30 points for the sixth time this season, but it hasn't happened since the Marquette game in December. Arizona is also 8-3 in games where they trail at the half.
The Aggies were led the nation in field goal percentage coming into the game, but were held to just 36.4%, almost 15% less than their season average.
Channing Frye and Salim Stoudamire became part of the 16th consecutive senior class to win 100 games in their Arizona careers.
The Cats edged the Aggies in rebounding by one, 33-32. The Cats are 22-2 when they have that edge.
AGAINST THE GRAND CANYON STATE
The Aggies have played a team from Arizona four times in the NCAA Tournament. They are 2-1 against Arizona State, playing them three times in the 60's.
Every time the Wildcat fans would attempt to chant "U-of-A" the Aggie fans would counter with "Ut-Tah-State".
Lute Olson was denied access to the court on Wednesday because he lacked his ID. He did not have it with him and had to send someone to the hotel to get it before he could get on the floor at the Taco Bell Arena.