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Updated: Saturday, December 11, 2004 5:14 PM EST
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(15) Arizona 67, Utah 62

TUCSON, Arizona (Ticker) -- Lute Olson's 1,000th victory hardly was a thing of beauty.

Hassan Adams' two-handed dunk with 40 seconds remaining capped a decisive late spurt as the 15th-ranked Wildcats held off upset-minded Utah, 67-62, in a game in which leading scorer Salim Stoudamire was a non-factor.

"They weren't boxing me out," said Adams, who scored 14 points and grabbed four offensive rebounds. "I got a lot of put-backs today. The mentality is to get in there to the ball."

Counting his victories as a high school and junior college coach, Olson has a record of 1,000-349 in 47 years of coaching.

"It's something that will be a big deal once I'm retired and look back at the accomplishments, Olson said. "It's been a long haul with 11 years on the high school level, four in junior college and 32 in Division I."

No. 1,000 came without much of a contribution from Stoudamire, who was blanketed throughout by Utah's Marc Jackson and was held scoreless for only the third time in 101 career games. The senior guard, who averages 16 points per game, took only one shot, missed his only free throw and was benched for a portion of the second half.

"Utah did a great job of taking Salim out of the offense," Olson said. "When that happens to Salim, other guys have to step up."

"We wanted to make someone else make a shot," Jackson said. "The other guys on the team ended up making their shots."

A follow shot by 7-foot Australian center Andrew Bogut, who recorded 20 points and 10 rebounds, gave the Utes (5-3) a 56-51 lead with 5:42 remaining. But the Wildcats (6-2) took control with an 11-2 spurt over the next five minutes.

"Bogut is a handful, but I thought we did a good job," Olson said. "We forced him into six turnovers on the inside. He's a player."

Channing Frye scored 11 of his 19 points in the second half for the Wildcats, including a layup that put Arizona ahead for good, 60-58, with 1:35 remaining.

"We should have scored more, but we got a win, and that is all that matters," Frye said. "Defensively, we struggled a bit."

After an offensive foul by Bogut, Chris Rodgers missed a jumper for Arizona, but Adams soared for the rebound and gave the Wildcats a four-point lead with his spectacular jam.

"We've had some trouble completing games," Bogut said. "We played some mediocre teams and were up 10 and had trouble finishing them out."

Forced to play the game at Utah's deliberate tempo, the Wildcats trailed by as many as nine points in the first half. Arizona got few transition baskets and was unable to put together one of its patented spurts until the final minutes.

Arizona closed to 56-54 on Ivan Radenovic's 3-pointer with 5:17 left, then tied it on Rodgers' jumper with 3:40 remaining. Utah regained the lead on Richard Chaney's two free throws with 2:58 to go, but the Wildcats answered on Radenovic's layup as the shot clock was expiring.

Arizona shot only 42 percent (22-of-52) while Utah shot just under 48 percent (21-of-44). Radenovic also scored 14 points for the Wildcats.

The teams were meeting for the first time since Utah routed defending national champion Arizona in 1998, 76-51, to advance to the Final Four.


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