UNLV Drops Road Contest To No. 16 Arizona
Nov. 28, 2006
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Ivan Radenovic scored a career-high 27 points and Marcus Williams added 24 to help No. 16 Arizona beat UNLV 89-75 on Tuesday night.
Chase Budinger scored 15 points and had 11 rebounds and Mustafa Shakur had 11 assists for the Wildcats (4-1), who have won four straight after a season-opening loss at Virginia.
Williams made 10-of-14 shots from the floor and hit all four of his 3-pointers.
After UNLV went on a 9-0 run to take a 27-25 lead with 6:40 to go in the first half, the Wildcats reeled off 14 straight points to take command.
Arizona, which has played poor defense early in the season, held UNLV to one field goal over a 7 1/2-minute span at the end of the first half and the beginning of the second. The Wildcats limited the Rebels to 42.9 percent shooting from the floor, 28.1 percent from beyond the 3-point arc.
Arizona came into the game averaging a Pac-10-best 94.8 points, but it had conceded 79.0 points, 10th in the league.
Despite coach Lute Olson's constant prodding to play better defense, the Wildcats often seem content to outscore opponents. It worked early in Tuesday's game, with Arizona sprinting to a 25-18 lead after eight minutes.
But then UNLV's shooters began finding their range, and the Rebels went on a 9-0 run to take a 27-25 lead. The Wildcats responded with a 14-0 run and eventually led 46-36 at the half.
Williams scored 14 points in the first half, hitting 6-of-9 shots from the field, including both 3-pointers he attempted.
The Wildcats hit 6-of-10 shots from beyond the arc in the first half.
Ivan Radenovic added 16 points in 17 first-half minutes.
It was the schools' first meeting since 1990. UNLV leads the series (9-5).