Cats win ugly, 91-82

It is a good thing that style points do not count. The Wildcats played an ugly game, but were able to beat Washington 91-89. The action was fast and furious, with both teams making a number of sloppy mistakes. Despite the sloppy play the Wildcats were able to pull away in the second half for their 16th win of the season.

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"A win's a win," said Lute Olson. "I have a hard time saying we got a consistent effort. I'm concerned as things are winding down. We had an opportunity to put them away, but we didn't put them away."

Luke Walton and Channing Frye led the way for the Wildcats. Frye had a double-double for the Cats, scoring 16 points and pulling down 10 rebounds. Frye was also very active on defense, blocking a couple of shots and altering a number of others.

"We got an excellent performance from Channing Frye," Olson said.

Walton had 17 first half points and finished the game with 21, but made some questionable decisions.

Doug Wrenn was as good, if not better than advertised. Despite not getting the start due to disciplinary reasons, the junior forward had 35 points, over 42 percent of the Husky scoring. The slasher was great at getting to the hoop.

The game was ugly. The two teams combined for 46 personal fouls, 39 turnovers and 28 missed free throws. Usually reliable Rick Anderson officially missed all five of his free throw attempts, but actually missed another but a UW lane violation gave him another chance, which he proceeded to miss.

It was a strange first half. Jason Gardner did not have a field goal, but the Cats still led. Luke Walton didn't have a rebound and had more turnovers than assists, yet the Cats still led. Michael Schwertley made a rare first half appearance and Isaiah Fox had six early points.

"Mike (Schwertley) plays really hard in practice," said Olson. "He'll defend you and get to the glass. I think Isaiah Fox played well of the bench as well."

The Cats started off fast. Unlike their recent trend of falling behind early, the Wildcats came out inspired. Taking advantage of three early turnovers the Wildcats scored three quick buckets and led 6-0 in the opening minutes.

Walton was the catalyst in the early going. The junior forward scored six of the team's first eight points. He got the Cats on the board with his now familiar drive to the hoop. A moment later he had a steal at the top of the key which led to an easy lay-in. He followed up a miss to get his third bucket in the first 4:00.

The Huskies hung with the Cats, trailing only 18-17. Lute Olson went to his bench and it was three little used players who sparked a 10-2 run. Isaiah Fox scored six quick points, while Dennis Latimore and Mike Schwertley each added a bucket. When the smoke cleared the Cats had a 28-19 lead. Frye showed some nice moves, utilizing a nice jump hook on two buckets. Latimore added a nifty turn-around jumper of his own. Then Schwertley was in the right place at the right time, tipping in a miss.

Washington made another run, this time a 7-0, cutting it to 28-26. The Cats usual cast of characters brought the Wildcats right back. Channing Frye had a tip-in off a Walton miss. Then Salim Stoudamire nailed a three from the corner. Jason Gardner fed Luke Walton for a fast break dunk and the Wildcats quickly rebuilt a nine-point lead.

The second half started out with both teams playing out of control. The Cats did enough to keep a comfortable lead, but could not pull away. Stoudamire gave the Cats a 10-point lead on a break away dunk, 53-43.

The Cats pulled away, taking advantage of poor Washington shooting and Husky fouls. Walton's free throw with 13:15 gave the Cats a 65-48 lead.

The Huskies took advantage of sloppy play to cut into the Wildcat lead. Following an ill-advised alley-oop attempt, Doug Wrenn found himself all alone on a breakaway and gave the McKale faithful a highlight reel slam-dunk. He added two free throws a moment later and the Cats led only by nine, 67-58.

Washington couldn't get much closer, Gardner and Stoudamire hit back-to-back threes to put the Cats up 78-63 and they never looked back.

Wrenn had a chance to eclipse his career high, but it looked bleak when he missed two free throws in the games final minutes. He was able to get a steal and had a slam-dunk in the game's final second to give him the high.


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