Arizona Avoids Sweep By Washington State In OT, 57-56
Feb. 24, 2005
By NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS
Associated Press Writer
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) - Ivan Radenovic made a pair of free throws with 9seconds left to lift No. 9 Arizona to a 57-56 overtime win over WashingtonState on Thursday night.
Derrick Low's 3-point shot for Washington State rimmed out in the closingseconds and Radenovic rebounded for the Wildcats (24-4, 14-2), who avoidedbeing swept by the Cougars with their 17th straight win at Pullman.
It was the seventh straight win for the Wildcats since losing to WashingtonState in late January. They are in first place in the Pac-10.
The win gave Arizona coach Lute Olson 304 wins in the Pac-10, tied withlegendary UCLA coach John Wooden for most wins ever in the league. Olson is41-3 against Washington State.
Washington State (10-14, 5-10), fighting for one of eight spots in thePac-10 tournament, employed a slow-down offense and the league's best defenseheld Arizona well below its season average of 80 points per game.
Cougars rank seventh in nation defensively, and best in Pac-10, giving up 57points per game.
Thomas Kelati led the Cougars with 16 points.
In January, the Cougars broke a 38-game losing streak to Arizona with a70-63 win in Tucson, one of the biggest wins in the program's recent history.But they have lost five of six games since.
Channing Frye led Arizona with 26 points, making 11-of-13 shots from thefield. Radenovic and Hassan Adams added 10 each. Salim Stoudamire was held toeight, 10 below his average.
The score was tied at 49 at the end of regulation after Frye scored insidewith 51 seconds left.
Stoudamire's two free throws gave Arizona a 51-49 lead. A 3-pointer byKelati gave Washington State a 52-51 lead, but Adams' layup put Arizona ahead53-52.
Two free throws by Low and two more by Kelati made it 56-53 for WashingtonState with 2:03 left. Mustafa Shakur replied with a layup for Arizona to closeto 56-55.
Robbie Cowgill missed and Arizona got the ball back with 23 seconds left.Radenovic drove to the basket and was fouled by Chris Schlatter, making thetying and winning free throws.
At times playing four freshmen, Washington State led 32-30 after the firsthalf.
Frye's slam tied the game at 32 early in the second. Two more baskets byFrye accounted for all the offense Arizona could muster in the first 11 minutesof the second half.
Two free throws by Frye tied the game at 42 with 7:52 left, and Frye's bankshot gave Arizona its first lead, 44-42.
After Frye powered in for a layup to tie the score at 49, Washington Stateturned the ball over and Arizona called a timeout with 13.8 seconds left.
Stoudamire dribbled inside as the clock ran down, but was striped of theball by Kyle Weaver and the game went into overtime.