TUCSON, Arizona (Ticker) -- Chris Rodgers returned to his role as the sixth man, but still was the focal point of the Arizona attack.
Rodgers tied a season high with 20 points to lead four players in double figures as No. 14 Arizona won the Fiesta Bowl Classic with an 84-71 victory over Richmond.
The Wildcats captured the title for the 19th time in 20 seasons.
Channing Frye scored 13 points and was named Most Valuable Player, while Rodgers was chosen to the All-Tournament Team.
"We had too many turnovers in the beginning of the game," Frye said. "That is when we want to establish ourselves in the first five minutes. We should be able to go on a run then."
Arizona (10-2) broke open the contest with a 21-3 run in the first half, capped by a 3-pointer by Rodgers, to take a 27-11 lead with 7:11 left before intermission.
"I am an offensive player," Rodgers said. "My team does a good job of finding me. I can do things that you don't have to do with the ball. The team finds me open with good looks."
Richmond, which trailed 42-26 at the half, shot 26 percent (7-of-27) and missed all six 3-pointers in the opening 20 minutes.
Salim Stoudamire, who started for the first time since he was suspended earlier this month for not living up to senior expectations, scored six of his 16 points midway through the second half, as Arizona extended the lead to 71-46.
"We were a bit too fast at times," Stoudamire said. "And it caused a lot of turnovers. I didn't like our effort tonight. They shot 50 percent in the second half. That wasn't good defense."
Ivan Radenovic came off the bench to score 16 points and grab a season-high 12 rebounds for Arizona, which is 39-1 in Fiesta Bowl Classic play. The lone loss was to Mississippi State in the 2000 final.
"Richmond really hung in there and battled to the end," Arizona coach Lute Olsen said. "They did a good job of being patient in the second half. Our defense has not allowed other teams to do what Richmond did. We have forced other teams to take different shots."
Jamaal Scott scored 16 points for Richmond (5-5) and also was named to the All-Tournament Team. Courtney Nelson had 14 points and Daon Merritt added 11 for the Spiders.
"Obviously, we tried to control the lane," Richmond coach Jerry Wainright said. "We knew we would give up some open shots. I thought we contested most of their three-point looks. But they did a great job of knocking down the three."