Out of The Associated Press regular-season rankings for the first time in 18 years, the Arizona Wildcats routed Sam Houston State 87-51...
TUCSON, Ariz. — Out of The Associated Press regular-season rankings for the first time in 18 years, the Arizona Wildcats routed Sam Houston State 87-51 on Monday night in the first round of the Fiesta Bowl Classic.
Guard Chris Rodgers made a career-high five three-pointers — in eight attempts — and scored 19 points for the Wildcats (6-3), while freshman forward Marcus Williams from Roosevelt High School in Seattle added a career-high 18.
Williams made 8 of 9 shots from the field in 21 minutes of play.
Earlier Monday, the Wildcats dropped out of the regular-season rankings for the first time since the start of the 1987-88 season, a span of 312 consecutive polls.
They found the failure perplexing because Arizona, then ranked No. 24, won at Utah 73-43 in its only game last week.
“Obviously we’re disappointed,” Wildcats coach Lute Olson said before the game. “We feel like we’ve played a tough schedule to this point, and we’ll just have to work on starting another streak.”
Arizona, which lost to Connecticut and Michigan State — both in this week’s Top 10 — at the Maui Invitational and at Houston, took out its frustration on the overmatched Bearkats (6-3).
Arizona plays Western Kentucky for the tournament title Wednesday.
Other Pac-10 men
At Stanford 71, Denver 49
Matt Haryasz had 24 points and 13 rebounds and the Cardinal (3-4) ended a three-game losing streak by defeating the Pioneers (5-4).
Stanford’s Dan Grunfeld added 19 points, six rebounds and five assists.
Top 25 men
No. 18 Indiana 71, at Charlotte 54
Marco Killingsworth scored 17 points and Robert Vaden and Marshall Strickland each made four of Indiana’s 13 three-pointers as the Hoosiers (6-2) beat the 49ers (5-5).
At No. 12 Arizona St. 78, Texas-San Antonio 64
Emily Westerberg, a former Central Valley High School standout, contributed 17 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Sun Devils (9-1) past the Roadrunners (5-4).
At UC-Santa Barbara 86, Arizona 63
Jessica Wilson scored 20 points and had nine rebounds as the Gauchos (3-6) beat the Wildcats (4-5).
Top 10 women
At No. 1 Duke 110, Ball St. 24
Allison Bales and Monique Currie each scored 18 points to lead the Blue Devils (8-0) to the largest margin of victory in school history. They also held the Cardinals (6-3) to the fewest points by a Duke women’s opponent.
Duke’s previous biggest rout was an 82-point victory over Elon on Nov. 21, 2003.
At No. 8 Connecticut 81, Holy Cross 54
Mel Thomas matched her career high with 23 points and Barbara Turner had 10 rebounds to lead the Huskies (8-1) past the Crusaders (3-6).
• Sasha Kaun collected 18 points and 12 rebounds to help host Kansas beat Pepperdine 63-43.
Kansas’ C.J. Giles, from Rainier Beach High School in Seattle, had 10 rebounds, five points and three blocks.
Jayhawks sophomore guard Rodrick Stewart, a transfer from USC who also was a Rainier Beach standout, became eligible Monday but didn’t play until 1:24 was left in the game. Stewart did not score.