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Arizona 99, California 53
Posted: Saturday March 02, 2002 05:41 PM
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TUCSON, Arizona (Ticker) -- Arizona continues to be Oregon's best friend in the Pac-10 Conference.

Rick Anderson scored 17 points to lead five players in double figures as No. 14 Arizona eliminated No. 25 California from regular-season title contention with a 99-53 rout.

The loss by the Golden Bears gave Oregon the outright conference title while Arizona (19-9, 12-6 Pac-10) earned the second seed for the upcoming Pac-10 tournament. The Wildcats swept California this season while losing twice to the Ducks.

Arizona will face No. 7 seed Arizona State on Thursday in Los Angeles in the quarterfinals.

"It's motivation that we finished second," Arizona guard Jason Gardner said. "ASU is more of a rival with us now. This was a great game going into the tournament." California guard Shantay Legans opened the game with a 3-pointer before Arizona ran off 14 straight point to take the lead for good.

The Wildcats upped their lead to 32-16 on a 3-pointer by freshman Will Bynum with 6:28 left and opened up a 49-30 lead at halftime. Arizona made 8-of-14 shots from beyond the arc in the first half.

"They did a good job getting open shots and knocking them down," Golden Bears coach Ben Braun said. "This was the poorest performance all year." While Arizona was on from beyond the arc, Cal struggled. The Golden Bears made just 2-of-16 attempts from beyond the arc after Legans' initial 3-pointer.

"Cal just couldn't throw it in the ocean," Arizona coach Lute Olson said. "They have great 3-point shooters. Legans is an outstanding 3-point shooter but they were just 3-of-17." The Wildcats turned the game into a farce with a devastating 30-4 run. That gave Arizona a 79-34 lead with 9:37 left.

California (21-7, 12-6) suffered its worst loss of the season and failed to avenge its lone home loss of the year. Brian Wethers scored 18 points to lead the Golden Bears, who were looking to share a conference title for the first time since 1960.

"We came out and played very poor defense," Wethers said. "They took advantage of that. This definitely hurts." Arizona bounced back from a 76-71 loss to Stanford on Thursday with a balanced attack. Freshman Salim Stoudamire bounced back from a 1-of-11 outing in that one with 15 points while Gardner and Bynum each added 14.

Stoudamire indicated that a team meeting helped clear the air for Arizona.

"We had a meeting last night and we talked a lot about defense and getting more touches on offense," he said. "We distributed the ball well. We played hard and we played well." The Wildcats made 14-of-32 from beyond the arc, including four by Bynum, who did not see any action on Thursday. Freshman Dennis Latimore came off the bench for 12 points and Luke Walton added 10 and 11 assists.

Joe Shipp was the only other Bear in double figures with 13 points. Legans finished with eight and five turnovers as the Golden Bears fell for the 11th time in 13 meetings with the Wildcats.

 


 
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