Huskies bled dry in shootout

Led by a career-high 29 points by Nic Wise and 25 by Chase Budinger, the Arizona Wildcats gave the Washington Huskies a little bit of their own medicine as they ran away and hid 106-97 at the McKale Center in Tucson.

Jordan Hill added 18 and nine rebounds for Arizona (13-8, 3-5), and Kyle Fogg added a career-high 15 points. Washington (15-5, 6-2) was paced by the 27 points of Jon Brockman, 23 of Justin Dentmon, 15 of Isaiah Thomas and career-high 11 points from Elston Turner. It was the first time since the 2004 NCAA first-round loss to UAB that a team has scored more than 100 points against Washington, and that was an overtime game.

Washington, averaging over 40 trips to the free-throw line the past two games, only managed 20, as they were outscored by the 'Cats at the stripe by 28 points. Overall, Arizona was 41-51 at the line, all-time McKale records for freebies taken and made. In the second half they shot 40 free-throws. Wise was key to the 'Cats extending their lead down the stretch, making all 14 of his free throws.

UA's big center Hill left the game in the second half with four fouls at the 14:40 mark and up only two, 51-49. But instead of having troubles with their inside presence out of the game, the 'Cats went nuts, running out to a 16-point lead on the shooting of Wise, Budinger and freshman Kyle Fogg. By the time Washington's Jon Brockman scored a layin with 10:04 left in the game, Arizona was ahead 69-55.

"Their best player goes out of the game and they increase the lead," Romar said. "You don't expect that to happen, but Nic Wise and Chase Budinger played with a lot of confidence. (Wise) was the star of the game tonight. He was the best player on the floor. He hurt us here last year as well."

"They got some open looks and they were able to get the crowd back in the game," added Dentmon.

The Huskies didn't roll over and play dead. Dentmon hit three 3-pointers from there out, as UW cut the lead to three after a Venoy Overton steal, layin and-1 with 1:51 left in the game.

"They kept leaving me open," Dentmon said of his 7-12 game from deep. "I felt disrespected at times. I just tried to help us get back in the game."

But UA's Zane Johnson buried a quick trey from the right elbow - his only points of the game - to crush any hopes of a Husky comeback. Two subsequent misses by Brockman from the free-throw line sealed UW's fate, as Arizona was able to make 12-straight from the stripe to finish out the scoring. Overall, the 'Cats scored 69 points in the second half.

"I thought our good guys did a great job of getting us back into striking distance, but they did what they needed to do to close out the game," Romar said.

Arizona did a nice job to open the game too, as they took advantage of some ice-cold shooting by the Dawgs to push a 10-2 advantage by the 15:17 mark. Washington, who appeared to play catchup the whole night, battled back to actually lead at the half by one, 38-37.

"You could see in their eyes they were amped up," Dentmon said of the 'Cats. "Some of us came out like we had it, and we didn't."

"This was our game where we didn't play with the usual level of intensity," added Romar. "Tonight was one of those games. We didn't have 100 percent effort. We weren't out there getting down and dirty and gritty until we went smaller in the second half.

"When you are in first place, people are going to come out and go after you."
Statistics:
Points: Brockman 27, Dentmon 23, Thomas 15, Turner 11, Pondexter 7, Overton 5, Bryan-Amaning 5, Gant 2, Holiday 2
Rebounds: Brockman 16, Thomas 4, Gant 3, Bryan-Amaning 3, Dentmon 3, Turner 3, Pondexter 3, Holiday 1,
Assists: Thomas 4, Dentmon 4, Overton 3, Holiday 2, Pondexter 2, Turner 2, Bryan-Amaning 1
Steals: Brockman 2, Dentmon 1, Thomas 1, Overton 1, Turner 1
Blocks: Holiday 1


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