No. 3 Arizona rips Bears

Posted: Friday, January 09, 2004

TUCSON, Ariz. Hassan Adams had 19 points and nine rebounds, and No. 3 Arizona broke away early and coasted to a 95-75 win over California on Thursday night.

The victory, the Wildcats' 13th in the last 14 games against the Golden Bears, tied Lute Olson with Fred Enke for the most career wins by an Arizona coach. Olson's 21-year record is 509-148, compared with Enke's 509-324 in 36 years.

No. 16 Gonzaga 87, Pepperdine 70

MALIBU, Calif. Cory Violette had 20 points and nine rebounds, and Blake Stepp scored 16 of his 19 points in the second half to help Gonzaga beat Pepperdine in a West Coast Conference opener.

The win was the fourth straight for the Bulldogs (11-2) while the Waves (5-11) lost their fifth in a row their longest losing streak since the 1996-97 season.

No. 4 Stanford 63, Arizona St. 62

TEMPE, Ariz. Josh Childress soared for a rebound basket with 9.4 seconds to play to give No. 4 Stanford a 63-62 victory over Arizona State on Thursday night.

The Cardinal (12-0, 3-0 Pac-10) had leads of 16 points late in the first half and 14 early in the second, but barely escaped to beat Arizona State for the 12th consecutive time and ninth in a row on the Sun Devils' home court.

Jason Braxton missed an open seven-footer at the buzzer for Arizona State. The referees conferred for a moment, then ruled the game was over it was not immediately clear what they were talking about.

Jamal Hill's 3-pointer, his first points against Stanford in three games, put Arizona State (6-5, 0-2) up 62-59 with 2:23 to play.

Chris Hernandez made the first of two free throws, then missed the second but got another try because of an Arizona State lane violation. He made that one to cut the lead to 62-61 with 1:29 to play.

Braxton, a 46 percent free-throw shooter who scored all 13 of his points in the second half, missed the front end of a one-and-one with 21 seconds to play. Stanford worked the ball into Justin Davis, who missed, but Childress got the rebound and scored.

Matt Lottich led the Cardinal with 18 points. Childress, in his third game after missing the first nine with a stress reaction in his right foot, had 14 points and 11 rebounds. Davis added 11 points and Hernandez 10 for Stanford, which plays at No. 3 Arizona on Saturday.

Steve Moore scored 16 for Arizona State. Ike Diogu added 13 points and a career-high six assists.

The Sun Devils used a pressure man-to-man defense and a suddenly effective offense to take the lead 56-55 on Angounou's 16-footer with 6:39 to play.

Stanford led 40-26 after Justin Davis made one of two free throws with 18:41 left in the game.

Arizona State got back into it with a 16-4 run that cut it to 46-44 on Diogu's eight-footer with 12:29 to play. Diogu's stuff put the Sun Devils up 59-58 with 3:16 to go. Lottich made one of two free throws to tie it at 59-59 with 2:58 remaining.

The Sun Devils led 15-9 before Stanford took over with a 26-4 run. Childress and Lottich scored eight apiece during the outburst.

Davis started the surge with consecutive rebound baskets, and Lottich punctuated it with a fastbreak layup that put the Cardinal ahead 35-19 with 4:05 left in the half.

Diogu's 43 consecutive double-digit scoring games is the longest current streak in the nation. West Virginia's Drew Schifino saw his streak end at 48 games with a nine-point performance against Notre Dame on Wednesday night.

Arizona State has not beaten a team ranked higher than No. 5 at home since Wells Fargo Arena opened in 1874-75.

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