Spirited Huskies Upend No. 9 Arizona, 96-83
By TIM KORTE
AP Sports Writer
SEATTLE (AP) - Nate Robinson scored a career-high 31 points on an 11-of-15shooting effort and directed a thrilling second-half charge as Washingtonstunned No. 9 Arizona 96-83 on Thursday night.
Robinson had a highlight-reel night for the Huskies (8-8, 3-5 Pac-10) thatincluded an alley-oop dunk by the diminutive point guard, who is generouslylisted at 5-foot-9. He also had a key rebound and putback basket and an arrayof steals.
The Wildcats (13-4, 5-3) couldn't run from the smaller Huskies, not withRobinson scoring 20 points in the second half. It was Washington's first winover a ranked opponent since beating No. 19 Oregon 94-92 on Jan. 24, 2002.
At the buzzer, students flooded from the stands to join the Huskies in amidcourt celebration. The Wildcats had to step around the frenzy on their wayto the locker room, heading off the floor with heads down. Arizona had woneight straight over Washington.
Will Conroy scored 19 points for the Huskies, who have won three straightPac-10 games for the first time since 1998-99 under second-year coach LorenzoRomar. Brandon Roy added 14 points and Mike Jensen had 10.
The Wildcats struggled down the stretch. Andre Iguodala missed two freethrows and Hassan Adams missed a layup in the final minute as the Wildcats wereheld scoreless for a three-minute span that left coach Lute Olson sitting backin his chair with a palm flattened against his cheek.
Adams led Arizona with 19 points, while Igoudala had 17, Salim Stoudamireadded 16 and Mustafa Shakur 13.
Arizona led by double digits shortly after tipoff but the scrappy Huskiesrallied to keep it close and trailed 45-40 at the break.
The Wildcats started fast again in the second half and led 60-51 afterAdams got free for an alley-oop and an easy layup and Shakur hit a 3-pointer.But the Huskies came back again.
Robinson found Anthony Washington for a short jumper that capped a 13-2 runand gave the Huskies their first lead at 64-62 with 10:31 to play. Robinson hittwo free throws seconds earlier to tie it.
Robinson had the play of the night, though, when he caught and alley-oopfeed from Curtis Allen and dunked to put Washington up 66-65 one minute later.It's no stretch to say Robinson was looking at the rim on the play.
That's when the Wildcats started to get into foul trouble, with Adams andFrye picking up their fourth fouls within a 15-second span.
Then Robinson struck again, coming away with a steal in the backcourt duringa 14-3 burst that determined the outcome. He started the run by soaring for arebound and putback when Conroy missed a 3-pointer.