No. 14 Washington Surprises No. 9 Arizona
Feb. 26, 2005
By TIM BOOTH
Associated Press Writer
SEATTLE (AP) - Tre Simmons scored 24 points, and No. 14 Washington moved onestep closer to its first Pac-10 title in 20 years with a 93-85 win over No. 9Arizona.
Playing perhaps his last home game, Nate Robinson added 22 points for theHuskies (23-4, 13-3 Pac-10), who won their 22nd straight game at home.Robinson, a junior, considered entering the NBA Draft last year beforereturning to school.
Washington can now clinch at least a share of its first Pac-10 regularseason title since 1985 with a sweep of California and Stanford next weekend.
Arizona will be co-champs with a win Saturday at Arizona State.
Channing Frye scored a game-high 30 points on 13-of-15 shooting for theWildcats (24-5, 14-3). But Arizona leading scorer Salim Stoudamire, averaging18.2 points per game, struggled to get into the offense for the second straightgame. Stoudamire had 15 points, but missed 2-of-3 free throws with 17 secondsleft that could have pulled Arizona within three. He scored only eight againstWashington State Thursday.
The loss also kept Arizona coach Lute Olson from passing UCLA's John Woodenfor most Pac-10 victories. Each has 304.
Leading by eight at halftime, Washington scored 10 of the first 14 points tostart the second half and led 52-39. For much of the second half, Arizona couldnot get closer than six, but two baskets from Hassan Adams and a 3-pointer fromMustafa Shakur cut the lead to 75-74 with 5 minutes left.
Frye was called for goaltending, and then Washington senior Hakeem Rollinsouthustled Frye for a rebound, saving it to Robinson who drained a 3-pointerfor a 80-74 lead with 3:42 left.
A putback by Rollins and driving floater by Robinson, over Frye, gave theHuskies a 86-81 lead with 1:15 left.
Adams had 18 for Arizona, while Bobby Jones added 13 for Washington
In the first matchup, Arizona made a school-record 38-of-40 free throws, butearly on it was apparent officials would let the two teams play. Arizona scored58 points in the paint, but did not attempt a free throw until 14:57 remainedin the game.
The two teams combined to shoot just 30 free throws, most coming in thefinal minutes.
The Wildcats also used an aggressive zone defense in the first meeting,forcing Washington into a school-record 34 3-point attempts. Arizona used thesame zone on Saturday, but Washington was more patient in its half courtoffense, attempting just 24 3-pointers, making 11.
Arizona made just one 3-pointer in the first half and finished 6-for-23.
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