No. 14 Cats Hold Off Sun Devils, 83-75

Feb. 20, 2002

AP Sports Writer

TUCSON, Ariz. - Salim Stoudamire scored 24 points, including No. 14Arizona's last two baskets, and the Wildcats hung on for an 83-75 victory overArizona State on Wednesday night.

Stoudamire hit a 3-pointer that made it 72-66 with 4:28 left, and tipped ina miss by Luke Walton with 41 seconds to play that gave the Wildcats a 78-73lead.

The Wildcats rode out the victory at the free throw line, glad to be thereafter allowing Arizona State to recover from an 18-point deficit in the firsthalf.

The Wildcats (18-8, 11-5 Pac-10) had lost to UCLA and Southern California inLos Angeles over the weekend and were trying to avoid losing three straightregular-season games for the first time since 1983-84. That season they hadlosing streaks of six, four and three games during coach Lute Olson's firstyear with the program.

With a win, Arizona kept its hopes alive for a conference championship,remaining just behind USC, Stanford and Oregon, all tied for first with 10-4records.

Rick Anderson had 17 points and nine rebounds, and Jason Gardner added 16points for Arizona.

Arizona State's Curtis Millage had a career-high 27 points, and Chad Prewitthad 15 points and eight rebounds for the Sun Devils (14-11, 7-9), who beatArizona 88-72 in Tempe on Jan. 23 - their first win in 13 tries against theirmost bitter rival.

But Prewitt hurt his right calf with 1:22 left and limped from the court. Hewas the second Sun Devil in the dressing room when the game ended.

With 6:01 left in the first half, Arizona State's Kyle Dodd, a reserveguard, piled on while teammate Chris Osborne and Arizona's Walton werewrestling for a rebound.

After a scuffle, Dodd was ejected, and Stoudamire made two technical freethrows for a 39-21 lead, Arizona's biggest of the game.

Millage, who had tied it at 58 with a layup a minute before, made an8-footer that gave Arizona State a 60-58 lead with 9:36 left.

Dennis Latimore gave Arizona a 63-62 lead with a three-point play with 10:41left, Stoudamire made a layup and Channing Frye scored on a goaltending calledwith 7:37 to go.

The 67-62 lead stood up, although Smith had two baskets, the latter a15-footer on the baseline that narrowed it to 67-66 with 5:23 to play.

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