Arizona Falls to Washington

<B>SEATTLE - </B>Arizona played a hard fought game against the Huskies in Seattle. The Cats had an opportunity to clinch the Pac-10 title, but fell to second place Washington 93-85, despite a great second half push.

Channing Frye led Arizona with a career high 30 points, but it was not enough for the UA to defeat Washington. Despite the strong performance put up by Frye and Hassan Adams, Washington was led by Tre Simmons and Nate Robinson to lead the Huskies to victory.

"I have goals I want to accomplish," said Frye. "I'm one of those people that don't really look that far ahead. I take it one day at a time."

The student section was really riding Frye hard, and even had a sign that read, "For a good time call...," luckily the phone number was incorrect.

"That's so funny, too bad its not my real phone number," Frye explained. "I've got to say congratulations to them for even getting close to my number. It was close."

Arizona took an early 4-0 lead, but Simmons hit his first of five three-pointers. All things told, Washington hit a total of 11 shots from behind the arc compared to Arizona's mere six.

"They shot the ball very well," admitted Frye. "They were patient and took advantage of our defenseive mistakes."

Arizona led by as many as six points in the game off a Salim Stoudamire lay-up. However, Arizona would never lead by more than that. Late in the first half Brandon Roy hit a bucket giving Washington a one-point lead, and they never trailed again.

Arizona made a strong push at the end of the first pulling within four after trailing by as amny as eight, but a Mike Jensen three put the deficit to seven points as Arizona trailed at the half 42-35.

The second half began and Washington opened up to a quick 13 point lead as Simmons hit another three-point field goal. However, Arizona fought back and pulled within one point off a Mustafa Shakur three with 4:58 left in the game.

"They (Washington) were more patient, and they were at home," said Frye. "They hit shots. I think they pretty much played the same game, except they were at home and we made too many mistakes."

Washington was able to pull back in front despite a late push by Arizona, who pulled within three points with 1:43 left to go in the game.

"We had an opportunity to win the game," Shakur added.

Four quick points put Washington back up seven with 35.1 seconds left in the game, and won by eight 93-85.

Arizona played a strong game, but the Huskies shot the lights out, especially in the second half, overcoming the Cats.

Washington shot 65.4% from the field in the second half, 56.7% for the game. Arizona however shot 52.9% in the game and tied the Huskies in rebounds, turnovers, and steals.

"They had a good percentage," Frye said. "They must have been hot, and there must have been a lack of defense."

In the end, three-point shooting and free-throws made the difference. Arizona went to the line nearly 40 times the first time, but only visited the stripe 11 times, making only five attempts.

"We took too many (threes) in the first half," explained Olson.

Arizona fell to 24-5 (14-3) and will play ASU this week. Washington, now only one-half game back in the Pac-10 standings, improved to 23-4 (13-3) and will travel to the Bay Area schools this week.

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