Arizona Survives Washington State in OT

Washintong State played a slow-down offense which nearly beat the Cats. Arizona fell behind early, and it wasn't until very late in the game that Arizona fought back to force overtime and win 57-56.

Washington State came out and forced their own tempo on Arizona, and it nearly got them their second straight win over the Cats. The UA found themselves down as many as eight points, but Channing Frye led the team with 26 points on the night.

The slow tempo of the game was very difficult for Arizona to overcome and it seemed as though they may drop another game to the Cougars, but a 10-4 run to close out the first half with Arizona trailing 32-30, allowed the Cats to get back in the game.

Frye had 14 points in the first half and led the Cats early in the second half, scoring their first six points. Arizona fought hard in the second half and tied the game up at 42. It was the first tie of the game since 0-0.

Arizona actually took a short lived lead in the second half before falling back by four points late in the game.

Salim Stoudamire hit two free-throws to make the score 47-49, and Channing Frye scored his final points of the night to tie the game at 49.

Stoudamire struggled in the game scoring just 8 points, six coming from the line. At the end of regulation, Arizona had to opportunity to win the game at the buzzer. Stoudamire took the ball and drove towards the hoop with three seconds left. The ball flew loose and the Cougars missed a desperation three and the game entered overtime.

Overtime started on a high note for the Cats who struck first off two Stoudamire free-throws. However, a quick Cougar three-point field goal gave them back the lead 52-51.

Arizona found themselves trailing late by a score of 56-53, and the end of regulation mirrored itself at the end of overtime.

Mustafa Shakur drove the lane and hit a nice lay-up to make the score 56-55 in favor of Wazzu. It was the only points for the guard in the game. A strong defensive front by the Cats gave them the ball back with time winding down in overtime.

Ivan Radenovic had the ball and drove the lane with the clock winding down. A blocking foul was called sending Radenovic to the line to shoot two. The pair of free-throws gave Arizona a 57-56 lead, and the win.

Thomas Kelati led the way once again for Washington State with 16 points and six rebounds.

All things told, Frye was clearly the player of the game with 26 points, 8 rebounds, and four blocks. Radenovic also ended the game strong with 10 points, 8 rebounds, and three steals.

Arizona moved to 24-4 (13-2) while Washington State fell to 10-14 (5-10). Arizona now pays a visit to the Washington Huskies on Saturday with a chance to clinch the Pac-10 title.

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