Latimore leads Cats

Second game, second freshman hero. Denis Latimore sparked the Wildcats in their 109-98 win over the Sutrt Sabres. Latimore scored a team high 22 points in the win. Fellow freshman Channing Frye added 20 of his own.

Latimore showed the size and quickness that made him a top-20 recruit a year ago. He was 11-of-17 from the field and grabbed 14 rebounds to help the Cats to a 65-38 advantage on the glass.

"I thought Dennis was outstanding," Lute Olson said. "They had no one that could match up with him."

The entire front court played well. Rick Anderson scored 11 points and pulled down nine rebounds. Isaiah Fox also scored 11and had six rebounds. Andrew Zahn was the only post player not to score in double figures, but did score eight points.

"The frontline did a great job of establishing position and using its size and strength to our advantage," said Josh Pastner who handled the head coaching duties while Olson observed.

The Wildcats won their first game 101-99 against the Canberra All-Stars. The Wildcats had to use a fourth quarter comeback led by Will Bynum and Luke Walton to pull off the win.

Arizona score 34 fourth quarter points, 20 from Bynum and Walton to comeback from a 79-67 deficit. Bynum drained a three with just 34 seconds left to secure the win.

Coach Lute Olson served as just an observer and led assistant coach Rodney Tention lead the club.

"We told the guys to just relax and do their jobs in the second half," Tention said. "Once we rebounded and took care of the ball, we were able to do some good things out there."

Bynum led the Cats with 21 points, while Jason Gardner added 18 and nine assists. Walton had another all around game scoring 15, pulling down nine boards while blocking four shots and amassing four steals. The only knock on his game was that he turned the ball over eight times. Channing Frye led the team with 14 rebounds. The Wildcat center added 12 points and three blocks.

Arizona Box Score

Player

FG/A

3 PT/A

FT/A

Points

  REB

   PF

  AST

  TO

 BS    

 ST

     MIN

W. Bynum

7/13

2/6

5/6

21

0

3

2

3

0

0

28

L. Walton

7/13

0/2

1/2

15

9

2

5

8

4

4

33

J. Ranne

1/4

1/3

1/1

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

18

A. Zahn

3/7

1/1

0/0

7

6

3

0

2

1

0

21

S. Stoudamire

6/11

2/5

0/2

14

4

1

0

2

0

0

23

J. Gardner

6/13

2/6

4/5

18

3

3

9

3

1

2

34

R. Anderson

2/3

0/0

0/0

4

1

3

1

2

0

0

12

D. Latimore

1/4

0/0

2/2

4

3

1

1

0

0

0

22

C. Frye

5/13

0/0

2/2

12

14

5

1

4

3

0

28

I. Fox

0/2

0/0

2/4

2

5

5

0

2

0

1

19

38/83

8/23

17/24

101

56

29

21

26

9

7


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