LOS ANGELES (Ticker) -- Salim Stoudamire led the way to a milestone night for his team and coach.
Stoudamire connected on 5-of-7 from 3-point range on his way to 26 points to lead No. 13 Arizona to its 20th win of the season with an 88-76 victory over Pac-10 rival Southern California.
The Wildcats (20-4, 10-2 Pac-10) posted their 18 consecutive 20-win season giving Hall of Fame coach Lute Olson his 27th career 20-win season - tying him for second most in NCAA history with Texas Tech's Bob Knight and Syracuse's Jim Boeheim.
"When I first got here 22 years ago the thing I said, 'we want to build a program, not a team,'" Olson said. "I think that is one of the things that has really been great for us. We're challenging for the top spot. We don't get it all the time but we are right there every year. That makes us feel good."
"I just have a lot of respect for him," Trojans interim coach Jim Saia said. "He's one of the giants of our game. He's a guy that runs a first class program. He's a guy that young coaches look up to like a mentor. That's Lute Olsen. First class all the way."
It was also Olson's 300th Pac-10 victory, four behind all-time leader, John Wooden.
"I've been able to keep my job a long time," Olson added. "We've had a lot of good teams and great guys through the program. That's the only way that happens, longevity and great players."
"I appreciate having Lute as my coach," Stoudamire said. "And he's taught me so many things over the years. It's a good milestone. Only one other coach has won 300 Pac 10 games. That's a big accomplishment."
Arizona led 16-12 with nine minutes left in the first half when Stoudamire scored 11 consecutive points in a minute and a half. Jawann McClellan added a dunk and a jumper to close out the run that saw the Wildcats push their lead to 31-13 with just over six minutes left in the half.
"I thought my teammates did a good job of finding me," Stoudamire said. "I was working hard to get the ball and I was just knocking down shots."
"Salim shoots like this every day," Olson said. "It's frightening how well he shoots the thing. He gets a look and if he's open and misses everyone looks in shock. He is the most consistent guy out there since Steve Kerr. Only he's quicker and can create his own shot."
Gabriel Pruitt and Nick Young combined for nine points during a 17-8 Trojans rally to close the deficit to 39-30 at halftime. Pruitt finished with 21 and Young added 18 for Southern California, which has lost five consecutive games.
Arizona stormed out in the second half with an 18-8 surge, highlighted by a pair of 3-pointers by Stoudamire and six of Hassan Adams' 10 points, to rebuild the lead to 57-38 with 15 minutes remaining.
"We couldn't guard them," Saia said. "We could score a little bit, but we couldn't get any stops. The beginning of the second half, we let the game get away from us and they took it to us. We cut their lead to 9, but then we couldn't get off the mark at the start of the second half."
"We'd make a little run and they'd come right back," Pruitt said. "Stoudamire just shot the ball great."
Channing Frye added 10 of his 14 points in the second half for Arizona, which is tied for first place in the conference with 11th-ranked Washington.