Dawgs shoot down Wildcats

Led by the 20 of Nate Robinson, 13 in the second half, Washington defeated the Arizona Wildcats for the third time this season, 90-85. Robinson hit two huge shots down the stretch to seal the deal for the Huskies to improve their record to 19-10. Washington faces Stanford in the tournament finals tomorrow afternoon, as the Cardinal defeated Oregon earlier this evening.

The Husky bench outscored the Arizona subs 40-8. Key Washington reserve contributions included Tre Simmons' 18, senior Curtis Allen's 11 clutch second half points, and Hakeem Rollins' double-double, scoring 10 and grabbing 10 boards.

Hassan Adams led the Wildcats with 30 points, 20 in the first half.

Washington opened the game with the first four points, but Arizona made a quick 9-0 run to erase that.

The Wildcats opened up a 7-point lead and looked as if they would began to open up some serious ground between themselves and the Huskies, but two Tre Simmons bombs and another trey by Nate Robinson kept the team from Seattle close.

A Jensen three put the Huskies on top 25-24 at the 10:00 mark. Simmons' third consecutive trey made it 28-24, completing a 9-0 run and leading to a Wildcat timeout.

Hassan Adams then scored six straight Wildcat points to knot the game at 30. Adams made seven of his first eight shots and carried the ‘Cats offensively in the first half. He had 18 at the break. Channing Frye picked up a quick two fouls and went to the bench for the final 11 minutes of the half.

A Nate Robinson 18-footer at the buzzer put the Dawgs on top at half 42-40.

Arizona shot lights out from the free-throw line, converting 24 of 25. Washington made 14 of 21 and missed some key free throws down the stretch, but made up for it with clutch three-point shooting.

Washington jumped out early in the second half when Bobby Jones scored six points in a row. Back to back threes from Simmons and Allen opened up a seven point lead for the Dawgs at 58-51. They would never trail after that.

Arizona came right back, going on an 8-1 run to tie it once again at 59-all. Washington reversed that with an 8-1 run of their own, spearheaded by Allen. He hit a driving layin, a three-pointer, and then converted all three foul shots when he was fouled on a trey attempt to put the Dawgs back on top by seven with 8:00 remaining.

At the 5:00 mark, Nate Robinson somehow got a 10-foot baseline lollipop jumper over the 6-11 Frye to go, and drew a foul. He made the free throw and the Dawgs had their biggest lead of the game at 10.

A Bobby Jones three late in the shot clock kept the Huskies comfortably on top, but a Conroy foul on Salim Stoudamire led to three free throws. Stoudamire made all three and the Husky lead fell to six.

Robinson answered the bell, making a free throw and then getting Mastafa Shakur to throw up an off-balanced shot against tough defense. Robinson grabbed the rebound and found Roy in transition for the lay-in to push it back to a 9 point cushion.

Conroy missed the front end of a one and one and an Igoudala lay in cut the lead to five. After trading baskets, Robinson fell at half court and turned it over, leading to a Chris Rogers breakaway lay in that cut the lead to three with 48 seconds remaining.

Enter Nate Robinson, who then delivered the knockout blow. He drove hard to his left, pulled up, and drilled a 17-foot fade away over Shakur to put the Huskies on top 88-83.

Robinson also had six rebounds and five assists to go with his 20 points.

Washington can end all NCAA tournament speculation by defeating Stanford tomorrow at 3:15
Scoring: Robinson 20, Simmons 18, Roy 13, Allen 11, Jones 10, Rollins 10, Jensen 6, Conroy 2.
3-point shooting: Simmons 5-9, Allen 2-3, Jones 1-1, Robinson 2-4, Jensen 2-5, Conroy 0-3.

More Photos and interviews from the Staples Center will be posted later this evening.

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