No. 21 Arizona Cruises Past Washington, 89-64

Jan. 13, 2001

By JANIE McCAULEY
Associated Press Writer

SEATTLE - Michael Wright made 9 of 16 field goals for a game-high 26points and also grabbed 10 rebounds as No. 21 Arizona defeated strugglingWashington 89-64 in a Pacific-10 Conference men's basketball game Saturdaynight.

It was another strong defensive effort for Arizona (10-5 overall, 3-1Pac-10), which held Washington to a season-low shooting percentage of 28.6.

The Wildcats' front line of Wright at 6-foot-7, 7-1 Loren Woods and 6-7Richard Jefferson made it tough for the Huskies every time they tried tomaneuver in the key. Woods had a triple double with 13 points, 10 blocked shotsand 10 rebounds. Washington (7-9, 1-3) connected on 14 of 44 first-half shotsfor 31 percent.

It was the third time this season the Wildcats have held an opponent tobelow 30 percent. They limited Washington State to 29 percent shooting in their84-51 win Thursday night.

The team has been without head coach Lute Olson since Dec. 30. Olson's wife,Bobbi, died of ovarian cancer Jan. 1 at age 65. Interim coach Jim Rosborough is3-2 since taking over the team. The Wildcats have won seven of their past 11games, and two in a row. They play their next four games at home.

Arizona spent much of the second half at the free-throw line and converted30 of 47 free throws for the game to Washington's 14 of 26.

The Huskies pulled within eight with 17:27 left on Thalo Green's 3-pointer -their first from beyond the arc for the game in eight tries - then Wrightanswered by scoring three straight baskets for a 48-34 lead. He scored eight ofhis team's first nine points in the second half.

In the first half, Wright had 14 points on 4-of-9 shooting and made 6 of 7free throws. Guard Gilbert Arenas, who made all six 3-pointers he tried inThursday's win at Washington State, had another impressive outing with 18points on 6-of-12 shooting. He had 11 in the first half.

Four Arizona starters are averaging double figures in scoring, and the fifthaverages 9.8 points.

Washington's Will Perkins had his seventh double-double of the season with acareer-high 21 points and 13 rebounds. He had 13 points and 10 rebounds in theHuskies' 70-68 overtime victory Thursday against Arizona State that snapped afour-game losing streak. No other Husky scored in double digits Saturday.

Arizona took the lead for good with 15:06 left in the first half on a LamontFrazier layin. Washington led 8-4 before the Wildcats went on a 19-4 run. TheHuskies were 2 for 17 during that stretch.

Arizona was outrebounded 54-49.

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