Huskies shock 'Cats

Hakeem Rollins must've liked the home cooking. The Mesa, Arizona native came up with a career-high 14 points and three big blocks as Washington upset the Salim Stoudamire-less #17 Arizona in Tucson Thursday night 89-84. It's the first time the Huskies have defeated the Wildcats in their house since 1996. The hoop dawgs completed a season sweep of UA, the first time they've done that since 1984.

The win gave Washington (14-10, 9-6) sole possession of second place in the Pac-10 standings. Arizona (17-8, 9-7) dropped to third place in conference, but still look to be solidly placed for post-season play.

Stoudamire was suspended indefinitely by UA coach Lute Olson, but for unspecified reasons. That meant that a Wildcat team that wasn't deep to begin with started the game with a big chunk of their offensive firepower missing.

No one told Channing Frye that. The UA center quickly imposed himself, putting in two quick buckets, part of an early 8-0 run for the home team. The Huskies tried to settle down, looking for their shot out deep. They took a total of 20 threes in the first half, making 7 of them.

Things evened out during the course of the first half, but Arizona point guard Mustafa Shakur quickly earned two fouls and a spot on the UA bench for a significant portion of the first 20 minutes. The Huskies finally took the lead late on a Tre Simmons three, but Wildcat guard Hassan Adams stole the Dawgs' thunder with a three at the buzzer to put Arizona up by one at the half, 42-41.

The first half was marred by some sloppy play on both sides and runs of three-point bombs by each school.

Washington took control early in the second half, a lead they would never relinquish. They went on a 14-3 run during the first five minutes of play, bolstered by the strong play of Rollins, Nate Robinson and Brandon Roy.

Shakur earned his fourth foul with 17:33 left in the game and was out over ten minutes, literally making him a non-factor throughout. Frye and Adams did their best to keep the 'Cats close and when Mustafa was put back in with 7 minutes left he tried to make up for his poor play to date.

Shakur ignited UA with two strong moves to the bucket, fueling a quick 6-0 run to bring the Huskies back within shouting distance at 80-77. A jumper by Ivan Radenovic put the Dawgs' lead periously in jeopardy, but Hakeem Rollins kept coming back with defiance. A tip-in and a bank shot on back-to-back possessions, followed by a Tre Simmons emphatic three-ball, gave the Huskies an 85-81 lead.

Frye wasn't done scoring, with a drive and one that once again cut UW's lead to one. Brandon Roy drove the lane, was fouled by Hassan Adams, and calmly put two in from the charity stripe to again give the Huskies a three-point cushion.

A miss by Frye out deep and Washington appeared ready to put the capper on a monstrous effort. But Mike Jensen got called for his fifth foul, a charge against Adams, with 23.9 seconds left on the clock. But UA couldn't capitalize on their end of the floor, and when the Huskies came up with the ball it appeared to be a bit of a scrum but the officials never blew their whistles.

Rollins had released toward the UW bucket and was rewarded by receiving an uncontested pass. His jam capped off the Huskies' scoring and put a big-time notch in the win column for Lorenzo Romar and crew.

Simmons and his three-point stroke led the Huskies in scoring with 22, also a career high, followed by Robinson with 18, Rollins with 14 and Brandon Roy with 12. Frye's 25 led all scorers. Adams had 23, Andre Iguodala 11 and Chris Rodgers 10, all in a losing effort for Arizona.


Stats:
Points: Simmons 22, Robinson 18, Rollins 14, Roy 12, B. Jones 10, Conroy 6, Jensen 4, Allen 3
Rebounds: Conroy 7, B. Jones 5, Simmons 5, Robinson 4, Roy 4, Rollins 4, Jensen 3, A. Washington
Assists: Roy 8, Conroy 7, Robinson 3, Simmons 2, Rollins 2, Allen 2, B. Jones 1, Jensen 1, A. Washington 1
Steals: Roy 2, Robinson 2
Blocks: Rollins 3

Dawgman.com Top Stories