Friday , Jan , 30 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Washington comeback stuns Arizona

Seattle, WA (Sports Network) – Nate Robinson made 11-of-15 shots and scored a
game-high 31 points to lead Washington to a 96-83 upset of ninth-ranked
Arizona at Bank of America Arena.

Will Conroy added 19 points and eight assists for the Huskies (8-8, 3-5
Pac-10), who won their third straight conference game after dropping the first
five. Brandon Roy and Mike Jensen netted 14 and 10 points, respectively, as
Washington snapped an eight-game losing streak to Arizona.

“To beat a ranked team like this is something that hopefully will raise our
confidence to a very high level,” Washington head coach Lorenzo Romar said.

Hassan Adams led Arizona (13-4, 5-3 Pac-10) with 19 points, as the Wildcats
had their three-game winning streak halted. Andre Iguodala chipped in with 17
points and nine rebounds in defeat. Salim Stoudamire scored 16 points and
Mustafa Shakur notched 13 to round out Arizona’s other double-digit scorers.

Both teams shot the ball well, as Arizona made 52 percent of its shots while
Washington converted 51 percent. The Wildcats, though, committed 21 turnovers.

Trailing 71-69 with 4:59 left to play, the Huskies outscored Arizona 19-3
during a four-minute span to take a commanding 88-74 advantage.

Robinson tied the game at 71-71 with a running jump shot in the lane. Conroy
and Bobby Jones made back-to-back baseline jumpers for Washington, as the
Huskies went on top for good at 75-71 with 4:03 remaining.

Adams completed a three-point play for Arizona on the other end of the court
to pull the Wildcats within one at 75-74.

However, the Huskies went on a 13-0 run from there to take the 14-point
advantage with 54 seconds remaining in the contest. The spurt was keyed by
four points apiece from Robinson, Roy and Conroy.

“We missed some shots and we gave them a chance to get their run,” Arizona
head coach Lute Olson said. “They are very much a momentum team.”

Arizona ended a 7 1/2 minute drought without a field goal on its next
possession with a layup by Shakur.

The Wildcats fouled Washington several times in the final 30 seconds to stop
the clock, but it did no good as the Huskies made all eight of their free
throws down the stretch. Robinson, who went 6-for-6 from the foul line in the
contest, made four of those in the final 20 seconds.

Washington finished 24-of-26 from the stripe for the game.

“We proved we know how to play with the elite teams in the country,” said
Washington forward Bobby Jones. “I’m still excited. I’m breathing hard, even
right now.”

After falling behind 5-0 in the first 30 seconds of the contest, the Wildcats
regrouped with a 10-0 run over the next three minutes, which included a pair
of foul line jumpers from Adams.

Iguodala’s jump shot at 6:22 gave Arizona its largest lead of the half at
30-19. However, Jensen knocked down a three-pointer from the baseline to spark
a 13-6 spurt by Washington to get within four at 36-32, with 2:32 left until
halftime.

Chris Rodgers hit a trey from the left wing and Ivan Radenovic made 1-of-2
free throws in the final minute to give Arizona a 45-40 edge at the
intermission.

Arizona jumped out to a 62-54 lead midway through the second half, but the
Huskies answered by scoring the next 10 points to grab the lead. Arizona would
retake the lead at 65-64 on its next possession with a trey from Stoudamire.

The teams swapped baskets the next five minutes before Iguodala put the
Wildcats up 71-69 with a pair of free throws.

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