Arizona’s wild win ends Washington’s home win streak
Seattle, WA (Sports Network) – Hassan Adams scored 32 points and Kirk Walters
hit the eventual game-winning free throw in the final seconds, as Arizona
snapped the longest home-winning streak in the country by edging seventh-
ranked Washington, 96-95, in double-overtime at Bank of America Arena.
Adams went 5-of-7 from beyond the arc and finished with five rebounds and four
steals for the Wildcats (9-3, 2-0 PAC 10), who improved to 3-1 on the road.
Mustafa Shakur chipped in 23 points and dished out nine assists, while Marcus
Williams tallied 16 points and collected nine rebounds in the win.
Brandon Roy tied a career-high with 35 points for the Huskies, including two
three-pointers in the final moments of both regulation and the first overtime
to extend the game. Jamaal Williams added 22 points and seven boards for
Washington (11-1, 1-1) which lost at home for the first time in 33 games.
“There have been a lot of good teams on that 32-game home winning streak, and
another one came in here and took it from us,” Roy said. “It is the only way
it should end, it shouldn’t end with us losing by 15 or us losing to a bad
team. We lost our home streak with a good team, and I think this was a good
way to go out if we had to.”
Arizona and Washington traded blows in the early stages of overtime before
Adams nailed a trey with 1:28 left that put the Wildcats up, 88-85. Bobby
Jones answered with a layup to cut the lead to one, but Shakur made both of
his free throw attempts with five seconds left to put Arizona back up by
Roy, however, took the ball to the left corner, pump-faked, stepped through
two defenders and then sank a three-pointer at the buzzer to send the game
The showdown went into the final minute of double-OT knotted at 94-94. Marcus
Williams drew a foul with 54 ticks left and made 1-of-2 to put Arizona up by
one, and Jamaal Williams followed suit by hitting 1-of-2 at the other end to
tie the game once again.
The Wildcats took over and wound down the clock before J.P. Price shot a mid-
range jumper that rimmed out. Walters grabbed the rebound, though, and
was fouled on his putback attempt with five seconds left. He hit one of his
two tries from the stripe to make it a 96-95 Arizona edge.
Washington was forced to take a long-distance three as time ran out that air-
“That was a great college game,” said Arizona head coach Lute Olson. “Great
competitors on the court. Brandon Roy was unbelievable, as was Hassan Adams. I
think that the Pac-10 Office is going to have to break tradition, and name co-
players of the week. If neither one of those two players doesn’t get it, then
something is wrong.”
Arizona trailed by 13 points at intermission but slowly chipped away in the
second half, and used a 15-5 run late in the frame to draw even at 69-69.
Marcus Williams had five points in the charge, including a jumper with 4:31 to
play that evened the score.
The Wildcats took their first lead of the game seconds later on a pair of free
throws by Chris Rodgers. On their next possession, Shakur’s alley-oop feed
dropped in with no assistance, and Adams followed with a jumper that capped a
10-0 surge and put Arizona up 75-69 with 2:22 remaining.
The Huskies, though, finished regulation with a 12-6 run to tie the game.
Adams had a chance to put the game away with 15 seconds left, but he made just
1-of-2 from the free throw line. Roy came down the other end, surveyed, and
then launched a three from the top of the arc that swished in with 5.6 seconds
on the clock. Arizona had one last chance to win it in regulation, but took
too long on its final possession and did not get a shot off.
Washington took a 40-27 halftime lead thanks to a 10-0 run to end the frame.
Justin Dentmon followed Williams’ layup with a jumper to put the Huskies up,
34-27, with just under two minutes to play.
Ryan Appleby took over from there, nailing a pair of three-pointers in the
closing seconds to push the lead to 13.
Prior to Saturday’s setback, The Huskies’ last home loss was an 86-84
overtime defeat against UCLA on Jan. 10, 2004…Roy also had 11 rebounds and
four assists…Washington outrebounded Arizona, 50-40…Arizona leads the all-
time series, 37-20.