December 29, 2006

Wildcats impressive in Pac-10 opener

The Wildcats won their 10th straight game Thursday in convincing fashion with a 94-85 win over Cal. The game was nowhere near as close as the final score indicates, as the Bears made a late run against the end of Arizona's bench.

Marcus Williams led the Cats in scoring with 21 in the game, but it was the all-around performance of Mustafa Shakur that really sealed the deal.

Shakur flirted with a triple-double, scoring eight points to complement nine assists and nine rebounds, and left the game late in the fourth quarter to a standing ovation from the McKale Center crowd.

At the outset, the Wildcats looked to be lagging a bit after their Christmas break and in the early going were pretty much even with the Bears.

Arizona's defense caused a couple of early turnovers but it was the team's own turnovers that prevented them from nurturing any sort of lead as they committed seven turnovers within the first seven minutes.

Cal got hot from three-point range and opened up an 18-13 lead with 11:50 to go in the first half, but it was the only lead they would enjoy for the rest of the game. The Cats reclaimed the lead at the 8:23 mark on a Shakur lay-up and never again fell behind.

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