Game Talk: In the locker room with AZ and UW

Notes, quotes and anecdotes from Arizona's sloppy 91-82 win over Washington. Arizona improved to 16-6 overall and, more importantly, 9-3 in the Pac-10 standings. The following are notes and what some of the players and coaches had to say about the game.

*Arizona struggled immensely from the perimeter in the first half with its shot. The trio of Jason Gardner, Will Bynum (who started the game) and Salim Stoudamire combined to shoot a woeful 1-16 from the field for a total of four points. Luckily, Arizona had Luke Walton (17 points on 7-9 shooting) and Channing Frye (nine points on 4-6 shooting) to help maintain the lead at halftime.

In the second half, Stoudamire and Gardner were much better, combining to shoot 7-10 from the field for 25 points.

*Washington had pulled to within one point, 18-17, at the 11:17 mark of the first half when Lute Olson tried something drastic. He inserted seldom-used Mike Schwertly into the lineup along with reserves Dennis Latimore and Isaiah Fox in hopes of recharging the Wildcats' energy level. It worked.

By the next dead ball, Arizona had outscored the Huskies 10-3 to increase its lead to eight points at 28-20 and all ten points came from the reserve threesome. Fox scored six and Latimore and Schwertly each made his only bucket for two points apiece.

"Mike (Schwertly) is tenacious," Olson said of the junior's defense on UW's Doug Wrenn. "He's going to get more time."

*Arizona shot about as poorly as it has in several years from the free throw line, but it's actually hard to believe that Washington was even worse. The Huskies shot a mere 38.1 percent from the line (8-21) and couldn't get close in the second half because they couldn't capitalize at the line.

"We didn't come through at the free throw line," said Wrenn, who had a career-high 35 points on 15-23 shooting (wow!). "We out-did them in every category except free throws. We got killed at the free throw line. I just didn't come through for my team."

Wrenn was 5-11 at the line.

Lute Olson had this to say about both team's free throw shooting woes: "They were worse than we were at the line and I didn't think anyone could be worse than we were tonight. We cannot shoot 55% from the line. We had several opportunities to put them away with our free throws but we did not do it when we had the chance."

More quotes.

"A win is a win but we didn't play as smart as we should have played. We got an excellent performance out of Channing Frye. He was very active and I am very pleased with that. His confidence is up, he's strong and he is doing a good job of going after the ball. We also got a consistent effort out of Salim Stoudamire. Our two best players tonight were Channing and Salim."

Doug Wrenn:
"I was a bum at the free throw line. I guess the crowd rattled me or something."

"Luke Walton is a great player. He's going to kill you scoring, passing and rebounding. I tried to keep my hands in the passing lanes but he will always find his man. All I could say was ‘great pass'. He's the best passing big dude in the nation."

Salim Stoudamire didn't start the game because he was late for a shoot around this afternoon. Doug Wrenn didn't start for Washington because he was late to practice.

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