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Updated: Wednesday, December 4, 2002 1:13 AM EST
NCAA BASKETBALL RECAP
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(1) Arizona 91, Saint Louis 58
ST. LOUIS BILLIKENS
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ARIZONA WILDCATS
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TUCSON, Arizona (Ticker) -- Jason Gardner scored 16 points and Rick Anderson added 13 as top-ranked Arizona cruised to a 91-58 rout of Saint Louis.

Gardner hit 4-of-6 from 3-point range as the Wildcats (3-0) opened a 48-31 halftime lead and never were threatened thereafter. The senior guard shot 6-of-11 overall.

"Even every day in practice, Jason is shooting the lights out," Wildcats coach Lute Olson said. "He is very confident with his shooting right now."

Channing Frye chipped in 11 points and nine rebounds as five Wildcats reached double figures.

Gardner logged 30 minutes, but nine other Wildcats played between 12 and 21 minutes, displaying Arizona's remarkable depth.

"It's an adjustment coming in and out so often," Anderson said. "But I'll get used to it."

Luke Walton, a preseason All-America senior forward, played despite straining three ligaments in his right ankle in last Wednesday's win over Northern Arizona. After not practicing over the weekend, Walton missed all five shots from the field and finished with just one point, but contributed seven assists.

"Luke Walton, you can see is still not in synch," Olson said. "But his key stat was seven assists and only one turnover."

Though Arizona and Saint Louis possess considerably different expectations for their respective seasons, both teams' coaches were disappointed with their defensive rebounding.

"Our guys are standing and waiting for somebody else to get a defensive rebound," Olson said. "We can't give up 20 offensive rebounds. That's ridiculous."

"Even though they have tremendous athletes, them getting 19 offensive rebounds indicates some weakness in our positioning," Billikens coach Brad Soderberg said.

Josh Fisher scored 16 points for the Billikens (1-3), who failed to repeat their victory in the schools' only previous meeting in 1934.


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