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Greatest Games: Loren Woods

September 7th, 2013 News No Comments

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Martin Hayvush

Our Greatest Games series is a look back at some of the most memorable single game performances by some of the best players in Arizona basketball history. Make sure to check PGU for the next installment.

Woods, a 7 foot transfer from Wake Forest, played an instrumental role in Arizona’s teams from 1999-2001. His long frame and shot blocking ability made him a force in the middle, and he was one of the most dominant low post forces in Pac-10 history.

Woods is the third all-time blocks leader at Arizona, despite playing only two years for the Wildcats. He holds the single season blocks record with 102, nearly 20 more blocked shots than second place.

February 3, 2000, Arizona 77, Oregon 71
16 points, 10 rebounds, 14 blocks, 2 assists, 5-8 FG, 6-8 FT

Woods rewrote the record books in a dominant performance against Oregon, setting the all time conference record for blocks in a game with 14. Woods also tied the NCAA single game record held by three other players – David Robinson of Navy, Shawn Bradley of BYU, and Roy Rogers of Alabama.

He added 16 points and 10 rebounds, giving him the first Pac-10 triple double since Toby Bailey of UCLA had 23 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists on 1/18/95.

In what set the tone for the rest of the night, Woods blocked three shots on Oregon’s first possession. At halftime, Woods told teammate Gilbert Arenas that he would get 15 blocks, a number he nearly reached.

Woods’ 9th block was particularly special, as it allowed him to surpass Anthony Cook for the UofA season record.

January 13, 2001, Arizona 89, Washington 64
13 points, 10 rebounds, 10 blocks, 4-6 FG, 5-6 FT

It was a trying time for the team, as coach Lute Olson was on a leave of absence due to the illness of his late wife Bobbi. However, associate coach Jim Rosborough did an admirable job holding the team together, and a sweep of the Washington schools went a long way in returning things to normal.

Woods was key in the 89-64 dismantling of Washington, recording a triple double of 13 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 blocks. It was just the 13th triple-double in conference history, and Woods’ second at Arizona. Cal’s Jason Kidd, Oregon’s Luke Jackson, and Arizona’s Andre Iguodala and Loren Woods are the only individuals to register more than one in their career.

Woods’ 10 blocked shots were the most ever by a Washington opponent. The previous single game opponent record was seven blocks held by five individuals.

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