February 11, 2005
LOS ANGELES - Salim Stoudamire scored 16 of his 26 points in the first half, and No. 12 Arizona beat Southern California 88-76 on Thursday night to give Wildcats coach Lute Olson two significant milestones.
Olson became the second Pac-10 coach to win 300 conference games. The record holder is John Wooden, who guided UCLA to a 304-74 league record before retiring in 1975. Olson’s teams are 300-86 against league opponents.
The 70-year-old can get his 301st conference win Saturday against the Bruins at Pauley Pavilion, where the 94-year- old Wooden is usually in attendance. Olson and Wooden are both members of the Basketball Hall of Fame.
By winning for the 17th time in 19 games, the Wildcats (20-4, 10-2 Pac-10) reached the 20-win plateau for the 18th straight season.
Olson’s teams have won 20 or more games in 27 of his 32 years as a college head coach, tying him with Texas Tech’s Bob Knight and Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim for second in NCAA history.
The game was Olson’s 700th at Arizona, where his teams have a 539-161 record in 22 years. He has an overall record of 731-253.
Stoudamire, a 6-foot-1 senior from Portland, Ore., shot 9-of-14 including 5-of-7 from 3-point range. He left the game for good with 5:48 remaining and the Wildcats leading 79-55.
Channing Frye added 14 points, seven rebounds and four blocked shots for Arizona. Hassan Adams and Mustafa Shakur scored 10 points each and Ivan Radenovic had nine points and 12 rebounds for the Wildcats.
Freshman Gabe Pruitt led USC (9-14, 2-10) with 21 points and five assists. Freshman Nick Young added 18 points, and Jeff McMillan and Lodrick Stewart scored 11 each for the Trojans, who lost their fifth straight.
The Wildcats led at halftime 39-30, and blew the game open by outscoring the Trojans 24-9 for a 69-45 lead with 11:04 remaining. Stoudamire and Frye scored eight points each during the run.
A three-point play by Radenovic triggered a 10-0 run that gave the Wildcats a 12-4 lead, and they were on top the rest of the way.