No. 14 Huskies slip past Wildcats
Tucson, AZ (Sports Network) – Brandon Roy paced a balanced Washington attack
with 16 points as the 14th-ranked Huskies edged Arizona, 70-67, in Pac-10
action at the McKale Center.
Ryan Appleby added 14 points on 5-of-6 shooting for Washington (24-5, 13-5
Pac-10), which won its eighth consecutive game and solidified its second-place
standing in the Pac-10. Justin Dentmon recorded 13 points while Jamaal
Williams had 12 in the win.
Marcus Williams had a game-high 20 points for the Wildcats (18-11, 11-7), who
lost for the first time in four games. Chris Rodgers chipped in with 11 points
while Mustafa Shakur had 10 in the loss.
Washington seemed to come out of the locker room without a sense of purpose.
When the Huskies awoke this morning, they were still in the hunt for their
first Pac-10 regular-season title in 21 seasons. The Huskies needed a win
along with a UCLA loss at Stanford to share the conference crown.
But, as Washington watched UCLA dominate Stanford before its game, any hopes
of a conference championship were dashed.
Arizona led by as many as nine points in the first half before Washington
awoke and closed the gap. The Wildcats took a 34-31 edge into intermission.
Arizona opened the final frame by scoring 16 of the first 23 points in the
half. Jamaal Williams’ bucket with just under 14 minutes remaining gave the
Wildcats their largest cushion, 50-38.
The Huskies quickly responded with a 7-0 burst. First, Bobby Jones hit a pair
from the line. Roy followed with a hoop and Appleby capped the mini-run with a
triple to make the score 50-45 with a little over 12 minutes remaining.
Washington continued to slowly chip away and drew within one when Jones scored
with 2:45 left.
After Marcus Williams stuck a pair from the stripe, the Huskies finally
grabbed the lead with back-to-back buckets. Roy scored and then Jones threw
down an emphatic slam with 33.9 ticks left to put Washington on top, 68-67.
Arizona had a chance to regain the lead but Williams missed the front end of a
one-and-one. The Wildcats were then forced to foul Dentmon with nine seconds
on the clock. The freshman guard calmly deposited both of his free throws to
extend the margin to three, 70-67.
Hassan Adams’ long desperation three at the buzzer was way short as Washington
held on for the win.
Arizona is 12-2 at home this season while Washington is 6-3 on the
road…Arizona still leads the all-time series, 39-20.