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Updated: Friday, January 21, 2005 3:31 AM EST
NCAA BASKETBALL RECAP
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(12) Arizona 74, Oregon 66

EUGENE, Oregon (Ticker) -- Salim Stoudamire returned home and got Arizona to the top of the conference standings.

Stoudamire, a Portland native, scored 27 points as No. 12 Arizona pulled away down the stretch to post a 74-66 victory over Oregon in a Pac-10 clash.

Last week's conference Player of the Week, Stoudamire, who scored 37 in last season's meeting here, is averaging nearly 27 points in his last three games as the Wildcats (15-3, 5-1 Pac-10) moved into a first-place tie with 10th-ranked Washington.

"Salim was on fire, he hit his shots," Oregon guard Aaron Brooks said. "They came out and played hard."

A senior, Stoudamire scored 20 before the break and junior Hasan Adams added 11 of his 13 points in the opening half as Arizona opened a 42-29 halftime.

"We came out slow," Brooks said. "We have to come and play hard in the first half."

"We came out a little tentative," Oregon guard Bryce Taylor said. "We might have come out a little intimidated."

Adams finished with six rebounds and six assists.

The Wildcats took their biggest lead, 54-39, on one of Stoudamire's five 3-pointers with 14:50 left. The Ducks mounted a rally behind Brooks and Taylor.

Brooks scored seven consecutive points to jump start a 15-2 Oregon burst, which was capped by six straight from Taylor to cut the deficit to 56-54 with 8 1/2 minutes remaining.

"Their young Brooks is a load at the point," Arizona coach Lute Olson said.

Ivan Radenovic connected from the arc and Channing Frye added four of his 17 points in the final four minutes as Arizona beat Oregon (11-4, 3-3) for the fifth straight time.

"The thing was Salim draws so much attention, if he moves, we're going to draw some gaps," Olson said.

"It's disappointing, but you can't dwell on it," Taylor said. "You take the loss, learn from it and know you can't make mistakes."


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