No. 7 Arizona tops No. 24 Washington
Seattle, WA (Sports Network) – Chase Budinger scored 23 points to lead the
seventh-ranked Arizona Wildcats to a 96-87 comeback win over the 24th-ranked
Jawann McClellan scored 22 points on 7-of-10 shooting, including 6-of-9 from
behind the three-point line for Arizona (12-1, 3-0 Pac-10), which won its 12th
straight after losing its season opener, 93-90, to Virginia. Marcus Williams
also posted 22 points for the Wildcats, while Mustafa Shakur scored 21 points
and doled out 11 assists.
Quincy Pondexter scored 25 points to lead Washington (10-4, 0-3 Pac-10), but
couldn’t prevent the third consecutive Huskies defeat. Jon Brockman, Spencer
Hawes, and Phil Nelson all registered 16 points apiece for the Huskies, with
Brockman pulling down eight rebounds as well.
The Huskies were unable to hit a field goal over the final 4:28 of regulation,
and Arizona closed out Washington with a 9-1 run. Ryan Appleby hit a jumper
with 4:28 left that pulled the Huskies to within 87-86, but McClellan answered
with a three, and a Brockman free throw with 24 seconds left was all the
offense Washington could muster over the final four minutes.
The Huskies appeared to be running away with the game in first half, and led
45-31 after a layup by Jon Brockman with just under six minutes left.
McClellan heated up in a big way, though, and spurred a 15-0 Wildcats run that
vaulted Arizona into the lead.
McClellan opened the stretch with a three, and then hit back-to-back treys
that, combined with two Shakur free throws, closed the stretch and put Arizona
up 46-45 with 2:22 left.
Washington regained the lead, at 51-48, at the half.
Arizona hit 65 percent of its shots from the field, and 55 percent (11-of-20)
from behind the three-point line…Washington sank 54 percent of its shots
from the field, and 47 percent (7-of-15) from behind the three-point
line…Washington outrebounded Arizona, 28-20.