Nov. 30, 2004
By Bob Baum
Tucson, Ariz. (AP) - Salim Stoudamire and freshman Jawaan McClellan each scored 19 points and No. 21 Arizona pulled away in the second half to rout Wyoming 98-70 on Tuesday night.
Hassan Adams snapped out of his early season slump with 16 points for the Wildcats (4-2).
McClellan, a highly regarded recruit from Houston who committed to Arizona before his junior season in high school, was 5-for-10 from the field, including 2-of-4 on 3-pointers, and was 7-for-8 from the foul line. Stoudamire was 3-of-4 on 3s.
Channing Frye added 12 points, 10 in the second half.
Jay Straight scored 19 points for Wyoming, but had only three in the second half. He was 4-for-4 on 3s in the first half, but 0-for-2 in the second. Steve Leven added 17 points and Derek Wabbington had 15 for the Cowboys (3-1), playing their first road game of the season.
Arizona was home after going 1-2 on a journey to the East, the last game a 63-60 loss to No. 1 Wake Forest last Friday in the championship game of the Preseason NIT.
The Wildcats scored the final five points of the first half to go up 45-37, then used a pressing defense to blow out the Cowboys with a 20-6 outburst to start the second half.
McClellan's 3-pointer punctuated the run and put Arizona up 65-43 with 13:32 to play.
Frye, in foul trouble in the first half, scored the first six points of the decisive surge.
Wyoming committed 20 turnovers, nine in the first 10 minutes.
Adams' emphatic stuff on a long lob pass from Stoudamire put Arizona ahead 85-57 with 6:56 to play.
The Wildcats led 45-37 at halftime thanks to a 5-0 spurt over the final 33 seconds.
Straight's fourth 3-pointer cut the lead to 40-37 with 48 seconds to go. McClellan scored on a drive to the basket and was fouled. He made the free throw to make it 43-37.
The Wildcats got the ball back and Stoudamire rebounded Chris Rodgers' missed 3-pointer and scored at the buzzer.
Stoudamire's three-point play put Arizona up 34-26 with 4:27 left in the half, but Straight's baseline jumper capped a 6-0 spurt that cut the lead to 34-32 with 2:59 left in the half.
McClellan scored seven of Arizona's last 11 points of the half.