TUCSON, Arizona (Ticker) -- No. 11 Arizona is making a habit of winning in the Preseason NIT.
Salim Stoudamire hit six 3-pointers in a 24-point effort as the Wildcats advanced to the tournament semifinals with an 83-66 victory over Wright State.
The Wildcats (2-0) have made it to the semifinals of the Preseason NIT in all five of their appearances, winning the title three times. After a visit to Virginia on Sunday, they will face Michigan in the semifinals at Madison Square Garden on November 24.
For the second straight game, Arizona did the bulk of its work in the first half. In the first round vs. San Diego, the Wildcats cruised to a 41-23 halftime lead en route to an 11-point win. In this one, Stoudamire led another early charge.
The senior hit five of his 3-pointers during a 27-9 run that gave Arizona a 43-19 lead late in the half. He made one more 3-pointer after intermission, highlighting a 7-0 Wildcats run to open the second half.
"I felt good," Stoudamire said. "It was one of those games where it looked like a big, huge basket, and it was going in for me."
The 6-1 Stoudamire has been unfazed by an experimental 3-point distance used in the tournament, making 9-of-14 from the arc in two games. The experimental line is the same as the one used in international play, nine inches farther out than the regular college shot.
"It was obvious we were a little too big inside and a little too quick defensively for them to handle," Arizona coach Lute Olson said. "It also helps when Salim shoots the ball like he shot it."
Channing Frye rebounded from a poor first outing to score 13 points and Isaiah Fox, who was suspended for the team's opener, chipped in 10 points and eight rebounds off the bench for the Wildcats.
Arizona shot 56 percent (33-of-59) in the game and outrebounded the Raiders, 35-25.
Zakee Boyd provided a second-half spark for Wright State (1-1), hitting all four of his 3-pointers after halftime to help the Raiders pull to within 15 points, 65-50. He scored 24 points overall and DaShaun Wood scored 16 of his 18 in the second half.
"They're a great team," Wood said. "But when we were down we never gave up."
"We showed a great offensive effort in the second half," Wright State coach Paul Bianfcardi said. "I wish we had played the first half more like the second."