Squeaker in Seattle

It wasn't supposed to be this difficult. No. 2 Arizona had to go to overtime to eke out an 87-85 win over Washington. The Huskies gave it all they had, but came up short in their attempt to upset Arizona for the sixth time in Seattle since 1990.

Salim Stoudamire hit a three-pointer with 1:17 left in overtime to give Arizona the lead for good. The Arizona sophomore led the Wildcats with 25 points, including five threes.

Channing Frye came up big as well. The sophomore took advantage of the shorter Huskies and scored 24 points on 10-17 shooting. Frye added 12 rebounds on his way to a double-double.

The Huskies used their depth and athleticism to give the Wildcats all they could handle. The Huskies were amazing from the outside, hitting 10 three-pointers to stay with the second-ranked Wildcats. Curtis Allen and Will Conroy teamed up to hit eight of the Huskies' threes. The Husky guards scored 15 and 11 respectively, but it was the smallest player who did the most damage. 5-8 Nate Robinson scored 19 to lead the home team.

Arizona failed to keep the Huskies off the offensive boards, especially in the first half. The Huskies out rebounded the Cats by ten in the first half and finished with 20 offensive rebounds for the game.

The Cats prevailed despite an off night from Jason Gardner on the offensive end. Gardner hit just 2-of-12 shots, scoring only eight points. Gardner did dish out seven assists.

The Huskies used their athleticism to keep the Wildcats off balance. Arizona had early difficulties shooting and the Huskies took every opportunity to get the ball up and down the court. The Cats had trouble getting anything to fall and the Huskies jumped out to a 6-1 lead. Arizona answered and scored 12 of the next 15 and looked as if they were going to put some distance between themselves and the upstart Huskies.

Every ball seemed to go the Huskies' way, aS the Cats failed to keep the UW off the offensive boards and that kept them in the game. The Cats were outrebounded by 10 in the first half and it allowed the Huskies to take a 41-39 lead at the intermission. The Huskies were able to generate second and third chances and that allowed the young Huskies to hang with the more talented Wildcats.

The second half saw UW on fire from behind the arc. The Huskies used four threes, two from Conroy and built a 57-47 lead on a Conroy lay-up.

Arizona used the three themselves to battle back. The Cats rattled off a quick 13-3 run, thanks to eight points by Stoudamire. Anderson hit a three and then Stoudamire nailed two others, with his second giving the Wildcats the 61-60 lead.

Neither team could build much of a cushion. In the final minutes the game was tied five times. Each team built a five-point lead, only to see the other use a quick 5-0 run to tie it. The Cats led 78-73 in the final two minutes, but five quick points by Conroy tied it. Gardner had a chance to win it in regulation, but his pull up jumper came up short and time ran out in the ensuing scrum.

The Wildcats outscored the Huskies 10-8 in overtime to excaped Seattle and remain a game in front of Cal in the Pac-10 Conference.

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