Wildcats Waltz Past Washington
By BOB BAUM
AP Sports Writer
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Salim Stoudamire matched his season-high with 23 pointsand No. 2 Arizona went on an 18-4 second-half run to remain unbeaten in thePac-10 with a 79-61 victory over Washington on Saturday night.
The Wildcats (11-1, 4-0) are off to their best conference start in threeyears, but this week's home victories over Washington State and Washington werestruggles. In both games, Arizona didn't shake its opponent until a big runmidway through the second half.
Jason Gardner had 11 points and nine assists but committed five turnoversfor the Wildcats. Channing Frye had 10 points, seven rebounds and three blockedshots.
Stoudamire was 3-for-8 from 3-point range and the rest of the Wildcats were0-for-7. Stoudamire was 8-for-8 at the foul line; his teammates were 10-for-22.
Washington (6-7, 1-3) lost its 13th consecutive game in the state ofArizona. The Huskies have been swept at Arizona State and Arizona 13 times intheir last 14 visits and are 2-29 in their last 31 games in the state.
But first year-coach Lorenzo Romar's team played far better than it did in a32-point loss at Arizona State on Thursday night.
A 12-2 run put the Wildcats up 64-48 when Andre Iguodala made one of twofree throws with 6:54 remaining as Washington went 5ï¿½ minutes without a fieldgoal.
The outburst reached 18-4 on Stoudamire's two free throws that made it 70-50with 4:59 remaining.
Arizona coach Lute Olson earned his 266th Pac-10 victory to tie HecEdmondson of Washington on the all-time list. Only UCLA's John Wooden (304) andOregon State's Slats Gill (276) had more.
Washington's Doug Wrenn, who scored 35 points at McKale Center last year,managed just 11 before fouling out with 7:07 remaining. Nate Robinson alsoscored 11 for the Huskies.
For the second straight game, the Wildcats got off to a sluggish startagainst a team they were supposed to dominate.
Arizona scored the final six points of the half to go up 37-28. Gardnerscored the first four in the run, then tipped an offensive rebound to HassanAdams, who hit a 10-footer with one second to play to give Arizona itsnine-point halftime lead.
The Wildcats widened the lead to 52-40 on Rick Anderson's steal that led toAdams' breakaway dunk with 13:40 to play. But again Washington rallied with a6-0 spurt to cut it to 52-46 on the 5-foot-8 Robinson's high-arching 15-footerwith 11:54 to go.
Entering the game, Arizona led the Pac-10 in rebounding and Washington waslast, but the Wildcats barely outrebounded the Huskies 37-35.