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Arizona handles hot-shooting UCLA behind Stoudamire, Iguodala

SportsLine.com wire reports

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Not many basketball teams shoot 66 percent and lose by 24 points.

UCLA managed that rare feat in a 107-83 loss to No. 16 Arizona on Saturday.

The difference: 28 UCLA turnovers that resulted in 50 points for the Wildcats.

Salim Stoudamire led Arizona with a career-high 34 points.

The quick Wildcats' full-court pressure forced many of the Bruins' blunders.

"We played aggressive defense. We were able to make some shots and make some things happen," Arizona's Chris Rodgers said. "That is when we are at our best.

Andre Iguodala set a school record with his third triple-double for the Wildcats (16-6, 8-5 Pac-10), who had six players in double figures for the second straight game.

Rodgers, making his third start of the season, added 16 points -- one shy of his career best -- and four steals as the Wildcats matched their season high in points and beat UCLA for the seventh straight time at McKale Center.

Dijon Thompson scored 20 points, 16 in the first half, for UCLA (10-11, 6-7), while T.J. Cummings added 17 points and Trevor Ariza had 14 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists.

Iguodala was just 2-for-11 from the field -- 0-for-6 in the second half -- but was 9-of-10 from the free throw line to finish with 14 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. He also had five steals. Coach Lute Olson left Iguodala in the game and he got his 10th assist, to Ivan Radenovic, with 1:05 to play.

"That's a big game for Andre," Olson said. "Other than his shooting, everything else he did very well."

Iguodala became the first Arizona player to have three triple-doubles -- all this season. Loren Woods had two.

Stoudamire, who drew his fourth foul with 12:03 to play but stayed in for most of the rest of the game, surpassed the career high of 32 points set at Kansas last season. He was 13-of-17 from the field, matching his career best with seven 3-pointers (in nine attempts), several from NBA range.

"Seventeen shots for 34 points is very impressive," Olson said. "And out of those shots, probably there was one shot that should not have been taken, so he really selected his shots well."

In his last three games, the Arizona guard has noticeably altered his style to drive to the basket when teams overplay him to take away his trademark long-range shot.

"I have to drive. That is what I've been doing," Stoudamire said. "A lot of people think I'm just a 3-point shooter, but I'm more than that. There is a lot more to my game."

Channing Frye scored 15 points but had no rebounds before fouling out with 4:13 left. Hassan Adams, playing despite a mid-foot sprain, had 14 points and Mustafa Shakur added 12.

UCLA cut the lead to 61-55 on Cummings' inside basket with 17:01 left, and to 66-59 on Thompson's layup with 14:53 to play. But Shakur capped an 8-1 spurt with a layup on a pass from Stoudamire to boost the lead to 74-60 with 12:55 to play. The Bruins never got closer than 10 after that.

Stoudamire, Rodgers and Iguodala hit consecutive 3-pointers in a 21-4 run that put Arizona up 33-17 after Shakur forced UCLA's seventh turnover with 12:54 left in the first half.

But the Bruins, who hit their first five 3-pointers, rallied. UCLA turned consecutive Arizona turnovers into layups, the last by Janou Rubin to cut the lead to 47-46 2:27 until halftime.

Then Rodgers took over. The sophomore stole the inbounds pass for a layup, forced an offensive foul for another turnover, then hit consecutive 3s to cap a 10-0 run that gave the Wildcats a 57-47 lead.

"Wow, they score in bunches, man," Ariza said. "That was crazy. It hurt because we had to pull back from behind again coming into the second half."

UCLA committed 23 turnovers in its overtime loss at Arizona State on Thursday night, a game the Bruins led by seven with 1:02 to play. UCLA has lost eight of nine.

"Fifty-one turnovers for the weekend is probably the thing that's most disappointing," Bruins coach Ben Howland said.

The Associated Press News Service

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Arizona #16 «5750107
UCLA:D. Thompson 20 Pts
UCLA:T. Ariza 10 Reb
UCLA:T. Ariza 8 Ast
AZ:S. Stoudamire 34 Pts
AZ:A. Iguodala 11 Reb
AZ:A. Iguodala 10 Ast

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S. Stoudamire
T. Ariza
UCLA Bruins
T. Ariza, F345-74-8108214
C. Bozeman, G316-101-115313
D. Thompson, G278-130-013320
T. Cummings, F227-82-230317
R. Hollins, C201-10-11132
R. Walcott, G221-32-25114
M. Fey, C171-33-31005
J. Johnson, F160-00-00010
J. Rubin, G154-40-02108
B. Morrison, G70-10-00130
J. Crispin, G40-00-00010
G. Barnes III, GDid Not Play
Q. Hawking, GDid Not Play
M. McKinney, FDid Not Play
M. Lewis, FDid Not Play
I. Williams, GDid Not Play
J. Hoffart, CDid Not Play
Totals 33-5012-1724202083
Arizona Wildcats
A. Iguodala, F372-119-101110214
S. Stoudamire, G3413-171-414434
H. Adams, G316-121-160214
M. Shakur, G304-64-436112
C. Frye, C156-103-301515
C. Rodgers, G376-120-022016
I. Radenovic, F61-20-02002
K. Walters, C10-10-01000
M. Brase, FDid Not Play
B. Muhlbach, GDid Not Play
I. Fox, CDid Not Play
J. Ranne, GDid Not Play
F. Torres, GDid Not Play
R. O'Hara, FDid Not Play
R. O`Hara, FDid Not Play
I. Radenovic, FDid Not Play
Totals 38-7118-22262314107
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Washington St.9-922-13
Oregon St.5-1311-20
Arizona St.4-1412-19
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