Arizona Falls to LSU

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AP Sports Writer

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) Michael Wright led Arizona with 14 points, but it was not enough as the Wildcats fell to the LSU Tigers, 86-60. Stromile Swift, showing the game that made him Mr. Basketball in Louisiana during his high school career, scored 29 points and grabbed 9 rebounds.

Swift, who scored 21 points against Arizona as a freshman last year, made 13 of 18 shots and played aggressive defense - with 4 blocked shots and 3 steals - as LSU (16-3) kept its best start since 1992-93 going.

The Tigers opened the second half with a 16-6 run that buried Arizona (17-4) 53-27 with 14:20 remaining in the game.

Jabari Smith, LSU's other big man, combined with Swift to dominate under the basket. Smith scored 15 points, had 6 rebounds and had 4 assists. Brian Beshara and Lamont Roland each scored 11 for LSU.

It was the last out-of-conference game for both schools, and the last of four straight road games for the Wildcats.

Arizona was coming off its best shooting performance of the season, hitting 56 percent of their shots against Arizona State. But it shot just 34 percent for the game and made just 7 of 26 in the first half for 27 percent.

Arizona's freshman backcourt of Gilbert Arenas and Jason Gardner, who combined for 40 points on 15 of 21 shooting against Arizona State, were held to 17 points, 11 for Arenas, 6 for Gardner.

Luke Walton had 13 points and Loren Woods scored 12 and had 11 rebounds.

The Wildcats went ahead twice early in the game. They took a 14-11 edge when Woods followed up a basket with two free throws with 13:01 left. They moved back in front 17-15 of Walton's 3-pointer with 10:53 left.

LSU then went on a 2-4 run and left the floor at halftime with a 38-21 lead.

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