Late surge lifts Wildcats

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- Give Round One to Arizona in the battle for
supremacy in the Pac-10, thanks largely to a near-perfect night at
the free throw line.

Channing Frye scored 14 of his 18 points in the second half and
the 11th-ranked Wildcats made 38 of 40 free throws to beat No. 10
Washington 91-82 on Thursday night.

The Wildcats (17-3, 7-1) -- 11-0 at home this season -- made 31
straight from the line between Hassan Adams' miss of the front end
of a 1-and-1 with 9:42 left in the first half and Mustafa Shakur's
miss of the second of two free throws with 33 seconds to play. The
free throw performance was a school record for at least 30

"Coach is going to make Hassan and Mustafa run for missing
those two," Frye joked. "That percentage is what we have to
expect from each other. We need that type of concentration. Without
the free throws, I'm not sure we could have made this close."

Salim Stoudamire scored 25 points for Arizona, capped by a
three-point play on a leaning baseline bank shot with 44 seconds
left. Fouled by Nate Robinson as he crashed to the floor,
Stoudamire made the free throw to put the Wildcats up 88-82.

Stoudamire was 9-for-9 at the line and Frye was 8-for-8.

"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."

Stoudamire said he had heard that Washington players had
badmouthed him. True or not, it served as motivation.

"The word was that I had no heart, they could face-guard me and
push me, bump me, and then I would fold," he said. "I took that
to heart. I wanted to come out and establish myself early. I did
sustain it for 40 minutes."

Shakur added 19 points for Arizona, which trailed by as many as
11 points in the first half and was down 47-40 at the break against
the Huskies, who beat the Wildcats three times last season. That
was the only time in coach Lute Olson's career that his team had
lost three games to the same opponent in the same season.

"Last year was last year," Olson said. "We are a different
team. We are better defensively. We have better depth."

Brandon Roy led Washington (16-3, 6-2) with 15 points, nine
rebounds and seven assists but was just 5-of-14 from the field.
Bobby Jones and Tre Simmons each scored 13 points for the Huskies,
while Will Conroy had 12 points and nine assists. Robinson scored
10 points, nearly seven below his season average.

"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

The Huskies were called for 26 fouls, Arizona 17.

"I'm not going to say the refs like cheated for them," Roy
said, "but I think they took us out of what we do well -- that's
pressure and get after guys."

Arizona played zone defense the entire second half, and
outscored the Huskies 51-35.

"The zone surprised us a little bit because they hadn't shown
it that much," Romar said.

Conroy's 3-pointer gave Washington its final lead, 73-70, with
6:34 to play. Frye, who didn't even take a shot in the first half,
scored the next six points on two free throws and two 15-footers
and Arizona led for good 77-73 with 5:15 to go.

Washington cut the lead to three four times over the final 4:19,
the last at 85-82 on Robinson's 16-foot jumper with 1:11 to go.

Down 47-36 with 1:02 left in the first half, the Wildcats scored
the last four points of the half. They outscored the Huskies 15-4
to start the second half and took a 55-51 lead on Shakur's drive
with 15:06 to play.

Stoudamire scored five points in the run, and Shakur's 3-pointer
from the top of the key gave Arizona a 51-50 lead. Frye blocked two
shots and Washington committed five turnovers in the surge.

Washington's 38 percent shooting was its second-worst of the

The teams meet again Feb. 26 in Seattle, then could meet again
in the Pac-10 tournament.

"We're definitely going to get them back when we go back to
Seattle," Simmons said. "There is no doubt about it in my mind."


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