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Updated: Sunday, March 7, 2004 7:46 PM EST
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(17) Arizona 106, Arizona St 81

TUCSON, Arizona (Ticker) -- Chris Rodgers and Arizona tuned up for the postseason with another rout of their arch-rival.

Rodgers came off the bench for a career-high 20 points as the 17th-ranked Wildcats had no trouble concluding the Pac-10 Conference season by pounding Arizona State, 106-81.

Arizona (19-8, 11-7) won for the 18th time in the last 19 meetings with Arizona State, including a 93-74 triumph in Tempe on January 3. That win was memorable for being the 700th of coach Lute Olson's career, but the rematch was a forgettable affair between two teams going their separate ways.

Rodgers came up with eight points in a 20-1 outburst that opened up a 46-27 cushion with 60 seconds left in the first half. Athletic 6-6 forward Andre Iguodala capped it by scoring back-to-back baskets on terrific drives.

Hassan Adams and Salim Stoudamire each scored 21 points as Arizona hit the century mark for the sixth time this season. The Wildcats shot 54 percent (39-of-72) and head into Thursday's Pac-10 tournament matchup against Southern California with some momentum.

"I think we're as ready as we're going to be," Olson said. "It's just a matter of staying focused."

Rodgers reached double figures for the 12th time this season as he drained 8-of-10 shots in 28 minutes. He is averaging 12.4 points over his last seven games.

"As soon as I came in, I wanted to change the tempo of the game and add my energy to the game," Rodgers said. "It was very important for us to get momentum going into the tournament."

Arizona State (10-17, 4-14) concluded its season as losers of nine out of 11. The last-place Sun Devils failed to qualify for the eight-team Pac-10 tournament.

"You have to be really careful on defense with a team like Arizona," Arizona State coach Rob Evans said. "We made too many mistakes and they definitely made us pay for them. Their entire team can shoot well."

With Arizona's Channing Frye, who finished with 20 points, drawing attention from Sun Devils big man Ike Diogu and teammates, the Wildcats were left open on the perimeter. Adams responded by making 8-of-14 shots and Stoudamire added three 3-pointers.

The Wildcats, who received 11 assists from freshman Mustafa Shakur, finished with 28 assists and only 10 turnovers.


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