'Cats accept UW's charity in big win

It was built up to be the biggest game thus far in the season for both teams and the nation prepared to see one heck of a ball game. They weren't disappointed. In a clash of the co-leaders of the Pac-10, No. 11 Arizona took advantage of a big second half to knock out the No.10 Washington Huskies 91-82 in front of a sold out and rowdy McKale Center home crowd.

The game was expected to be a fast-paced game from the get-go and it was. The Huskies (16-3 overall, 6-2 Pac-10) took an early advantage as they forced the Wildcats (17-3, 7-1) in to several early turnovers in their initial posessions as both teams sprinted up-and-down the court like a track meet.

The Huskies controlled the ball early and kept the lead for the majority of the first half. Senior point guard Will Conroy hit clutch threes and had nine first half points to lead Washington as sharpshooter Salim Stoudamire kept Arizona in the game with 13 first half points. Washington made it an 11-point game with about a minute to go in the first half before the Wildcats closed the gap and made it a 47-40 game in favor of Washington at the half.

In the second half however, Arizona's Mustafa Shakur and Channing Frye took chard and along with Stoudamire, powered a 13-3 run to start the second half. The Huskies answered right back with a run of their own as lead changes became more and more frequent.

With Arizona up 71-70 with 6:34 to go, Conroy spotted up from the top of the arc to drain a three to give the Huskies a 73-70 lead. But Frye and Shakur answered right back as the Wildcats took advantage of many trips to the charity stripe.

The Wildcats hit an amazing 38-of-40 free throw attempts (95.0 percent) in comparison to Washington's 15-of-21. At one point, the Cats hit 31 straight freebies. Frye scored 14 of his 18 points in the second half and Shakur scored 19 points.

With Arizona up 85-80 with under a minute to go, the Wildcats put the ball in Stoudamire's hands and got what they needed. Stoudamire slashed through the Huskies defenders and put up a leaner and got fouled to make it a three-point play and Arizona up 87-80 with :44 seconds left to play. Stoudamire finished with 25 points.

Washington was led by Brandon Roy's 15 points. Tre Simmons and Bobby Jones had 13, Conroy had 12, and Nate Robinson added 10.

Statistics:
Points: Roy 15, Jones 13, Simmons 13, Conroy 12, Robinson 10, Smith 8, Jensen 6, Williams 4, Rollins 1
Rebounds: Jones 10, Roy 9, Jensen 4, Simmons 3, Robinson 3, Conroy 2, Rollins 2, Smith 1, Williams 1
Assists: Conroy 9, Roy 7, Robinson 5, Jones 1
Steals: Jensen 2, Jones 1, Robinson 1, Conroy 1
Blocks: Jones 1


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