Arizona State Falls To No. 14 Washington, 90-82

Feb. 24, 2005

Associated Press Writer

SEATTLE (AP) - Tre Simmons tied a career-high with 29 points, including 12during a 4-minute span in the second half, and No. 14 Washington held off peskyArizona State for a 90-82 victory Thursday night.

Nate Robinson added 21 points for Washington, eight in the final 5:20,punctuated by a dunk with 3 seconds left. Washington (22-4, 12-3 Pac-10) keptpace with Arizona in the Pac-10. The Huskies are 1.5 games behind the Wildcatsand host Arizona on Saturday.

Arizona State's Ike Diogu, leading the Pac-10 in scoring and rebounding, hada game-high 31 points and 15 rebounds. He was 17-for-18 from the foul line.

Simmons left the court hobbling after diving for a loose ball in the firstminute of the second half. He returned less than 2 minutes later and scored 12points during a 14-5 Washington run that gave the Huskies its firstdouble-digit lead of the game at 58-48.

But Washington could not shake the Sun Devils. Arizona State scored 10 ofits next 19 points at the foul stripe and cut the lead to 69-67. Washingtonpushed the lead back to eight, but eight points from Diogu kept the Sun Devilsclose, trailing 83-80 with 1:20 left.

Robinson scored on a runner with 45 seconds left. On Arizona State's nextpossession, Tyrone Jackson was called for a charge, and Washington made 3-of-4free throws in the final 26.5 seconds.

Will Conroy added 13 points and Bobby Jones had 12 for Washington. KevinKruger had 17 for Arizona State (18-10, 7-9 Pac-10), which lost its fourthstraight to the Huskies.

Washington won its 21st straight home game and can complete its firstundefeated home campaign since 1984 with a win Saturday. Washington's last homeloss was Jan. 10, 2004, an 86-84 overtime loss to UCLA.

With wins in their final three games, the Huskies will clinch at least ashare of the conference regular season title. Washington hasn't claimed a shareof the Pac-10 regular season title since 1985 and have not won a conferencetitle outright since winning the Pacific Coast Conference in 1953.

Washington was hoping to get some help from their cross-state rivalsThursday night, but Arizona held off Washington State 57-56 in overtime.

Washington led 44-41 at halftime on the strength of 54 percent shooting andmaking 7-of-10 3-point attempts. But for only the second time against Pac-10foes, Washington never led by double-digits in the first half. Arizona Statestayed close thanks to 10 made free throws, while Washington had just three.

The Huskies led by as many as seven early, but Diogu's thunderous rebounddunk with 5:35 left gave Arizona State a 31-26 lead, capping a 17-6 run.

Robinson scored the next 11 Washington points and the Huskies never againtrailed.

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