December 5, 1998
PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona's five freshmen are playing like, well, freshmen, sothe 13th-ranked Wildcats can be thankful for their two seniors.
Jason Terry scored 29 points and A.J. Bramlett 24, both career highs, asArizona stormed from nine points down in the final 13 1/2 minutes to beat Wyoming94-84 on Saturday.
"We learned you can't come out and think that teams are scared of youbecause you're Arizona," said Terry, who has played all but two minutes ofevery game this year. "In the first half, they were coming off screens foropen shots. "In the second half, we put some people in and said, Take pridein your defense."'
The Wildcats (4-0) shook off a rocky first 26 1/2 minutes and took control witha 24-2 run.
Bramlett, who also grabbed 17 rebounds, scored 17 in the second half, 10during the decisive outburst. Terry had seven assists.
"You look at Jason Terry, the seven assists, certainly that's key,"Arizona coach Lute Olson said. "A.J. with 17 boards, that's big, 10 on theoffensive glass. Both Terry and A.J. were outstanding, and that's what seniorsare."
Justin Wessel came off the bench to score a career-best 15 on 6-for-7shooting for Arizona. Wright, in his first start, added 14 points.
"We're really sputtering with the rookies," Olson said, "and Wessel did areally good job of coming in. We need to have him more active on the boards.But he has a nice shooting touch, and a good feel. He can be a very importantguy to us."
Josh Davis scored 22 points and LeDarion Jones 20 for Wyoming (3-2), butJones managed only five in the second half before fouling out in the finalminute.
In all, three Cowboy starters fouled out as coach Steve McLain railed at theofficials.
Anthony Blakes added 12 points and Chris McMillian 11 for Wyoming.
"We had a chance to bury them and we didn't," McLain said. "When youdon't bury a great team, they are going to come back and beat you. Arizonafinally figured out our zone."
Wyoming shot out to a 13-4 lead and stayed ahead throughout the rest of thefirst half, taking a 49-44 advantage at the break.
McMillian's breakaway layup put the Cowboys up 64-55 with 13:28 to play,then everything fell apart.
Over the next 7:09, Wyoming managed just one field goal. Arizona, meanwhile,caught fire.
Terry sank two 3-pointers, including one that gave the Wildcats a 66-64 leadwith 10:35 to play. Jones' basket tied it at 66 with 10:20 left, then Wrightsank two free throws to set off a 15-0 surge to put Arizona on top for good.
Wright's short jumper capped the run and gave the Wildcats their biggestlead 79-66 with 6:19 remaining. Wyoming never got closer than seven again.
Arizona was without Eugene Edgerson, who was suspended for the game forelbowing BYU's Bret Jepsen in the face in the Wildcats' 78-74 overtime victoryin Provo last Saturday.
The Wyoming-Arizona game was the second half of a doubleheader at AmericaWest Arena, site of this year's NCAA West Regional. Arizona State beat UNLV79-70 in the first game.
By BOB BAUM
AP Sports Writer
1st half 2nd half OT Final(V)Wyoming 49 35 - 84(H)Arizona 44 50 - 94
Team Leaders Wyoming Arizona
Points Davis-22 Terry-29Rebounds Davis-13 Bramlett-17Assists McMillian-6 Terry-7Steals Udezue-3 Terry, Bramlett-4
FG % 47.1% 44.9% FT % 52.9% 68.3%3-pt % 44% 28.6%
Pts in the paint 34 382nd chance pts 11 12Fast break pts 15 12
Attendance - 8,120