Saturday , Jan , 07 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Wildcats ward off Trojans

Tucson, AZ (Sports Network) – Mustafa Shakur scored 17 points and Hassan Adams
added 16, leading 21st-ranked Arizona to a 74-63 victory over Southern
California at the McKale Center.

Chris Rodgers chipped in 11 points for the Wildcats (10-4, 3-1 Pac-10), who
bounced back from a home loss to UCLA on Thursday. Marcus Williams scored 10
points and Ivan Radenovic added 10 with nine rebounds in the victory.

Gabe Pruitt scored 19 points and Lodrick Stewart finished with 16 for the
Trojans (11-4, 2-2), who were trying for a desert sweep on the heels of
Thursday’s 66-65 win over Arizona State.

Arizona raced out to a 9-2 lead and opened a 15-7 edge just under six minutes
into the contest, but Southern California battled back with a 9-3 run to pull
within 18-16.

After a three-pointer by Shakur, the Trojans again rallied and took a 24-23
lead on a three-pointer by Keith Wilkinson with 5:17 left in the opening half.

It remained close from there and a driving layup by Adams just before the
buzzer sent Arizona into the break with a 32-30 edge.

The Trojans kept it close early in the second half, but a three-pointer by
Rodgers and four straight points from Williams extended Arizona’s lead to
47-36 six minutes into the session.

Southern California scored the next five to make it a six-point game, but a
three-pointer by Shakur ended the Trojan momentum and the Wildcats added seven
more points to extend the lead to 57-41 with 10 1/2 minutes to play.

The Trojans got as close as eight, at 60-52, but Arizona again pulled away
with the next eight points. Adams had five during that stretch and his layup
with 4 1/2 minutes left made it a 68-52 game.

Southern California never threatened again.

Game Notes

Shakur made 7-of-8 shots…Arizona shot a season-best 52.8 percent from the
floor…Southern California committed 19 turnovers…Pruitt made 5-of-10
three-point tries…Arizona was 7-of-14 from beyond the arc…The Trojans lost
on the road for the first time in four tries this season.