Cats roll in the SLC

Arizona has traditionally struggled in Salt Lake City and in the last road game before Christmas. Coming into the game with a 4-3 record, many fans wondered if the Cats were headed into an ambush. It didn't happen. Arizona cruised to a 73-43 win.

It was a hectic week for the team. In addition to final exams, the team had to deal with the distraction of Hassan Adams' citation at a party over the weekend and Chris Rodgers' controversial comments midweek.

Neither player seemed really bothered by the distractions. Adams led the way for the Wildcats with 27 points on 13-16 shooting. Adams did most of his damage attacking the basket, taking just a trio of three pointers.

Rodgers, who said he did not know why Lute Olson had sat him down in Houston, scored 13 points and added four steals.

The Wildcat defense led the way once again. Arizona forced 24 turnovers, many during a 13-4 second half run that put the game away for the Wildcats. 15 of those miscues were Wildcat steals.

"I felt defensively we played really well, as we have all year, because we communicated," Lute Olson said on the radio postgame show.

The Wildcat shot a solid 47.6%, despite being just 5-for-20 from behind the arc. Utah shot just 36.6%.

Mustafa Shakur scored 12 points, while dishing out five assists. Shakur also lead the team with six rebounds. Kirk Walters scored just five points, but swatted four Ute shots.

Bryant Markson was the lone Utah player in double figures, scoring 19 points.

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