No. 11 Wildcats Rout Washington, 82-62

Feb. 8, 2001

By BOB BAUM
AP Sports Writer

TUCSON, Ariz. - Michael Wright had 20 points and 11 rebounds, andWashington committed a season-high 29 turnovers as the 11th-ranked ArizonaWildcats routed the Huskies 82-62 on Thursday night.

Gilbert Arenas added 17 points for the Wildcats (16-6, 8-2 Pac-10), who beatWashington in Tucson for the 16th time in the last 17 tries.

Loren Woods, benched by coach Lute Olson in last Saturday's victory atOregon State, had 10 points to reach 1,000 for his career. Gene Edgerson had 10points, six rebounds and four steals in 13 minutes.

The Huskies (9-13, 3-7) fell behind by 15 early, rallied to cut the lead tothree, then were blown out with an 18-2 Arizona blitz late in the first halfand early in the second.

Curtis Allen scored 16 and C.J. Massingale 13 for the Huskies. Thalo Greenadded 10, all in the first half. Will Perkins, Washington's leading scorer thisseason at 13.7 points per game, was 1-for-8 from the field for two points.

Washington trailed just 29-26 after Green's 3-pointer capped a 13-1 run with2:37 left in the half.

But Arizona scored the last eight points of the first half and the first sixof the second. The Huskies, whose 1996 overtime upset was their only victory atMcKale Center since 1984, never threatened again.

The Wildcats had four points in the last four seconds of the first half.Wright scored on a rebound, then Washington's Bryan Brown was called fortraveling in the backcourt. Jason Gardner threw an inbounds lob to Woods, whoscored at the buzzer.

Arizona repeatedly beat Washington's defense downcourt early in the secondhalf. The Wildcats scored the first six of the second half to go up 43-26 onRichard Jefferson's breakaway stuff, and led 47-28 on Arenas' driving layupwith 17:28 to play.

Luke Walton, who had seven points and five assists, sank the Wildcats' only3-pointer - in 14 attempts - to make it 66-42 with 10:47 remaining.

The Wildcats scored 12 in a row to take a 26-11 lead on Wright's 10-footerwith 7:41 left in the first half as Washington went 5:35 without a point andcommitted 12 turnovers in the first 13 minutes.

It was the 850th game for Olson as a major college coach. His record in 28seasons, the last 18 at Arizona, is 627-223.

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