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Updated: Wednesday, December 10, 2003 1:00 AM EST
NCAA BASKETBALL RECAP
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(9) Arizona 91, (6) Texas 83

NEW YORK, (Ticker) -- Hassan Adams and Andre Iguodala kept two impressive streaks alive for Arizona.

Adams collected career highs of 30 points and 10 rebounds and Iguodala notched the seventh triple-double in school history as the ninth-ranked Wildcats posted a 91-83 victory over No. 6 Texas in the Jimmy V Classic.

Arizona (3-1) improved to 9-0 at Madison Square Garden under coach Lute Olson after its best effort of the young season. The Wildcats entered off a pair of one-point games, a loss to Florida and a win over Saint Louis.

"I reminded them that Arizona is 8-0 here," Olson said. "I told them, 'You don't want to be on the team that loses.'"

The Wildcats also notched their eighth straight victory over the Longhorns - all in the last eight seasons.

"I guess they've got our number right now," said Texas guard Royal Ivey, who had a career-high 11 assists. "We got a couple of bad breaks and that makes the difference against a good team like Arizona."

Despite using basically a six-man rotation without injured center Isaiah Fox, Arizona was able to use its athleticism for a huge advantage in transition that resulted in 54 second-half points.

The 6-4 Adams and 6-6 Iguodala were the keys to the Wildcats' ferocious attack. The sophomore Adams nailed three 3-pointers and added several highlight-film dunks to the game he described as the best of his young career.

"I just went out and played my game," Adams said. "The shots came to me and I took them in rhythm."

Iguodala finished with 13 points, 13 rebounds and a career-high 10 assists for the first triple-double by a Wildcat since Luke Walton accomplished the feat on January 17, 2002 against Southern California. He was alerted to the fact he was close by former Wildcat Richard Jefferson, who made the short trip to Manhattan after he scored 31 points in the New Jersey Nets' 101-88 victory over Seattle.

"I don't know," Iguodala said. "Richard Jefferson told me I was two assists (away late in the game). It's just a great feeling. Luke Walton had many triple-doubles in his career. I love passing the ball and tonight was fun."

The Wildcats broke open a tight game with a 20-4 run that featured 10 points from Salim Stoudamire and opened up a 61-43 advantage with 12:50 to go. Stoudamire scored all 17 points in the second half, nailing a trio of 3-pointers.

"Patience is a virtue," Stoudamire said. "I was fading on my jump shot in the first half. In the second half, they were falling."

Texas (4-1), playing its first ranked opponent, staged a late rally and pulled within 84-77 on freshman P.J. Tucker's laup with 2 1/2 minutes left. The Longhorns had four chances to get closer, but Kenny Taylor missed a pair of 3-point attempts and Brian Boddicker and Brandon Mouton each missed one.

Taylor's 3-pointer cut the margin to 86-80 with 31 seconds left before Stoudamire and Adams each made a pair from the line over the next 13 seconds to seal it.

"We just missed shots," Texas coach Rick Barnes said. "We took some bad ones, but we also had some layups that we had to make."

Tucker collected 16 points and 14 rebounds and Boddicker netted 13 points off the bench for Texas.


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