No. 2 Arizona Survives Seattle Scare
By TIM KORTE
AP Sports Writer
SEATTLE - Salim Stoudamire scored 25 points, including a big 3-pointerlate in overtime, and Channing Frye had 24 points and 12 rebounds as No. 2Arizona survived a scare to beat Washington 88-85 Thursday night.
The Wildcats (17-2, 9-1 Pac-10) beat Washington (8-11, 3-7) for the 12thtime in the last 13 meetings, but they had to sweat this one out in front of acapacity crowd of 10,000 raucous fans eager for an upset.
Frye got free for a layup with 20 seconds to go, giving Arizona a seeminglysafe 86-84 cushion. But the dramatic outcome wasn't settled until an insurancefree throw in the closing seconds by Rick Anderson.
Nate Robinson matched a career high with 19 points for Washington, whileCurtis Allen scored 15, Will Conroy added 11 and Bobby Jones had 10 points and11 rebounds.
Luke Walton scored 13 points, becoming the 32nd Arizona player to score1,000 points in his career.
Jones hit two free throws to give Washington an 84-82 lead with 1:35 toplay. After a timeout, Stoudamire swished a huge 3-pointer that put theWildcats ahead 85-84 with 1:18 remaining.
The Huskies were down to the final chance, and Robinson worked the backcourtlooking for an open teammate before settling for a 3-point try from the top ofthe key that bounced off the rim.
Earlier, the 5-foot-8 Robinson hit a scoop shot in the lane over the 6-8Anderson to tie it at 78 and force overtime.
Robinson wasn't as fortunate this time. However, Jones collected therebound, drew a foul and hit the first free throw to pull the Huskies to 87-85with 1.1 seconds to go, prompting Washington coach Lorenzo Romar to call atimeout to consider his options.
Jones stepped back to the line intending to miss, but he put up an airballthat gave the ball back to the Wildcats.
Arizona's Jason Gardner had a frustrating night, missing six first-halfshots and finishing with eight points on 2-of-12 shooting.
The last time the Huskies beat such a highly ranked opponent, Romar wasplaying the point. He was a player when the Huskies upset No. 1 UCLA 69-68 onFeb. 22, 1979.
Another upset was brewing at halftime. Washington led 41-39, aided by 15offensive rebounds and a 28-18 overall edge on the boards. Washington came inas the Pac-10's worst rebounding team, while Arizona was the best.
The Huskies kept rolling in the second half, with Conroy, Jones and Allencombining for four straight 3-pointers during a 14-6 run that put Washingtonahead 57-47 with 13:10 remaining.
Then came a big swing for the Wildcats.
Walton crashed the lane for a basket to break a 71-71 tie, drawing a fourthfoul in the process on Washington swingman Doug Wrenn. After the whistle, Wrennspiked the ball in frustration and received a technical foul, fouling out.
Stoudamire made both technical free throws, and Walton completed histhree-point play to put Arizona ahead 76-71. That capped an 11-2 run by theWildcats over a three-minute span.