Friday , Jan , 28 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Arizona wins shootout over Huskies to claim Pac-10 lead

=== Arizona wins shootout over Huskies to claim Pac-10 lead ===

Tucson, AZ (Sports Network) – Salim Stoudamire scored 25 points, and 11th-
ranked Arizona claimed sole possession of first place in the Pac-10 with a
91-82 victory over No. 10 Washington at McKale Center.

Mustafa Shakur added 19 points and Channing Frye scored 14 of his 18 in the
second half for the Wildcats (17-3, 7-1 Pac-10), who snapped a three-game
losing streak to Washington and broke a tie with the Huskies for first place
in the conference.

“Salim is playing at a very, very high level,” Huskies coach Lorenzo Romar
said. “I think that as a result, the chemistry of that team is at a high right
now.”

Brandon Roy scored 15 points to lead Washington (16-3, 6-2), which had a
three-game overall winning streak snapped. Tre Simmons and Bobby Jones added
13 points apiece, and Will Conroy scored 12 in defeat.

Arizona, which trailed by as many as 11 points in the first half, took control
of the game with a pair of runs late in the second half.

Frye’s first field goal of the game, a jumper with 5:52 remaining, gave the
Wildcats the lead for good at 75-73. That came during an 8-0 run that saw
Arizona take a 79-73 lead on Shakur’s free throws at 4:39.

Washington pulled as close as three points several times after that, but each
time the Wildcats responded. When the Huskies got within 85-82 on a Nate
Robinson jumper with 1:14 to play, Stoudamire hit a jumper at the other end.

That touched off a 6-0 run to end the game for Arizona.

The Wildcats shot 51 percent from the floor and made 38 of their 40 free
throws. They are 75-of-87 from the line over their last three games, all wins.

“It was very frustrating,” Simmons said. “Every time they came down the court,
they were on the line. But that’s just something we’ve got to play through. We
shouldn’t have fouled so much.”

Washington went ahead 19-18 on a Conroy layup with 11:24 remaining in the
first half, and led the rest of the way to intermission.

The Huskies were outshot 50 percent to 44 percent before the break, but they
hit seven of their 14 three-point attempts and produced good ball movement
with 12 assists on 16 buckets.

Their lead reached 11 points before Arizona scored four straight to pull
within 47-40 heading into the locker room.

A three-pointer by Shakur gave Arizona a 51-50 advantage with 17:02 to play in
the second half, and the lead bounced back-and-forth before the Wildcats took
control.

ARIZONA WASHINGTON