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Arizona was beaten at their own game. The Huskies outran the nation's top scoring team, beating Arizona for just the 13th time since 1997 when they score more than 80 points.
"They just took it to us," Lute Olson said on KNST radio. "Too many mistakes, too many turnovers. We were not aggressive enough on the offensive boards."
The 5-9 Robinson was just too quick and too passionate for the Wildcats. He scored 31 points and his four steals kept the Arizona backcourt off balance all night. The Cats could do nothing to slow down the former defensive back. He got to the lane at will and was deadly from the outside.
"You get Nate Robinson out there and you don't protect the ball, he's gone," Olson said.
In the end Washington just seemed to want it more. Down the stretch they played with more excitement and intensity than the Wildcats.
The Wildcats were hot from the field in the first half, but a late drought killed them. The Wildcats scored just two field goals in a 9:00 stretch late in the second half, where they were outscored 18-3, including a 12-0 Husky run that blew the game right open.
All week Arizona players preached being patient on offense and taking care of the ball and the Wildcats did neither. The Cats continuously rushed shots, while committing 21 turnovers.
"That was a killer," Olson said of the turnovers. "They've got very, very quick hands."
When the Cats could hang onto the ball they were solid. The Wildcats shot over 50% from the field and had four scorers in double figures and two more with nine and eight points.
Andre Iguodala led the Cats with 17 points, nine rebounds and six assists.
The Huskies scored the first five points of the contest, then the Cats exploded. Arizona hit their first four shots and ratted off a 10-0 run. Adams got things started with a reverse lay-in, and scored moments later inside. Washington got within three, but the Cats exploded and quickly built a couple of 10-point leads. Although the Wildcats were playing well, the Huskies kept battling back. Whatever the Wildcats threw at them, the Huskies countered. The Huskies got hot from behind the arc and two late threes by Will Conroy and Robinson had Washington within five at the half.
Conroy had 19 points and eight assists.
The Huskies kept things close at the start of the second half. Robinson scored six of the first eight points and twice had the Huskies within two.
The Cats appeared to break the game open with a 9-2 run, but the Huskies answered with a 10-0 run that gave them a 64-62 lead.
Things remained close until Arizona's scoring woes kicked in and the Huskies pulled away for the easy win.
The Wildcats were outscored 56-38 in the second half.
"You look at the three losses in league and it's the case where we got out-toughed in each game," Olson noted.