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Updated: Tuesday, November 25, 2003 1:57 AM EST
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(3) Arizona 107, Northrn Arizona 73

TUCSON, Arizona (Ticker) -- Arizona's athleticism is the biggest reason why coach Lute Olson cruised to his his 500th victory at the school.

Channing Frye scored 20 points and Andre Iguodala added 18 as the third-ranked Wildcats ran past Northern Arizona, 107-73.

Arizona (1-0) bolted to an 11-point lead just over four minutes into the game as a staple of Olson's program was on display. Hassan Adams soared for an emphatic rejection of a Kelly Golub's layup attempt and Iguodala threw home a resounding dunk after a turnover to make it 13-2.

"We're able to run like that the whole game with the depth we have," Iguodala said. The Wildcats' up-and-down style is a major reason why Olson has compiled a 500-147 record in his 21st season at Arizona. Olson, who is 692-239 in his career, was presented with a plaque to commemorate the achievement after the game.

"It just means I've been here a long time," Olson joked. "Looking back on it there's been a lot of good players here, a lot of great kids to coach and a great environment."

Isaiah Fox collected a career-high 15 points and 11 rebounds for Arizona, which has won 21 straight against Northern Arizona (1-1). The Wildcats improved to 18-3 in openers under Olson.

"It felt good, man," Fox said. "After I got the first couple easy buckets, that made it feel real good."

The high-flying Adams finished with nine points and a career-high five blocks and Fox rejected four shots. The heavy defensive pressure resulted in Northern Arizona's 32 percent (25-of-78) shooting.

"They were pressing us into taking forced shots," Lumberjacks coach Mike Adras said. "You could see that some of our guys were rushing and putting up pushed shots."

The game also marked the debut of Wildcats heralded freshman guard Mustafa Shakur, who is taking over for four-year starter Jason Gardner. Shakur scored 14 points and handed out four assists.

The lopsided score allowed Olson to play his bench extensively and no starter logged more than 27 minutes. Chris Rodgers led the reserves with 14 points.


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