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Men's Hoops: Missed free throws, missed opportunity


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Arizona's Channing Frye dunks over Washington's Nate Robinson during the second half of Arizona's game against Washington Saturday in Bank of America Arena in Seattle.
By Roman Veytsman
Arizona Daily Wildcat
Monday, February 28, 2005
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Cats unable to overcome sharpshooting Huskies, UW 93, UA 85

SEATTLE - The Pacific 10 Conference title and Lute Olson's record for Pac-10 wins will have to wait.

The Pac-10's newest rivalry was as sizzling as ever, but so was No. 13 Washington, as it stopped No. 8 Arizona's seven-game winning streak with a 93-85 win in front of 10,000 raucous fans in Bank of America Arena.

The Huskies (23-4, 13-3) shot 65.4 percent from the field in the second half, as Arizona's comeback was foiled by four missed free throws down the stretch.

Equally a factor was the torrid shooting of Washington guards Nate Robinson and Tre Simmons, who combined for 46 points.

"We had a chance to win the game, to the point where I think we were starting to get the momentum back, but we just didn't take the opportunity," said Arizona sophomore guard Mustafa Shakur.

With Washington leading 90-84, senior guard Salim Stoudamire was fouled on an attempt from beyond the arc, sending him to the line for three shots with 17.1 seconds remaining.

The normally steady Stoudamire, who shot a conference-high 95.4 percent from the line coming into the game, missed two of the three attempts, and Arizona missed a chance to make it a one-possession game.

"It kind of shocked me because he rarely misses," Robinson said. "I said, 'Do you ever miss?' and he missed two. It was just crazy to see that."

Less than a minute earlier, Arizona sophomore forward Ivan Radenovic was fouled, giving him a chance to cut the lead to three.

Unlike two nights before, when he hit two free throws to win the game, Radenovic could not deliver, missing both and forcing the Wildcats (24-5, 14-3) to foul from that point.

Washington shot 7-8 from the free throw line in the last minute, including four in a row by Robinson, who finished the game with 22 points and seven assists. Simmons shot 9-of-14 from the field and finished 24 points.

"He's a great shooter, he was rolling," said junior forward Hassan Adams. "A lot of times I was in his face, and he was getting it off.

"I consider myself a pretty good defender," said Adams, who is leading the Pac-10 in steals. "He was coming off screens, and I was there, and he was just real quick. He knocked a few (shots) in my face."

Arizona's perimeter game struggled, as the Wildcats shot 6-of-23 from long distance.

Stoudamire and Shakur shot 7-of-20 from the field and turned the ball over 10 times.

"We took too many (threes)," Olson said.

Arizona's guards had 13 of the team's 16 turnovers, a number that didn't please Olson.

"We can't have that," he said.

Senior center Channing Frye kept the Wildcats in the game, scoring a career-high 30 points.

Frye played 38 minutes, shot 13-of-15 from the floor and ended 4-4 from the free-throw line.

"He has a great touch and he's a force inside," Olson said. "We need to get 20 shots out of him right now the way he's shooting. He's done a good job of taking the ball to the basket and challenging shots."

Adams was another bright spot for Arizona, scoring 18 points with nine rebounds and six assists.

Adams drove to the basket, finishing in a variety of ways and answering Washington's charge when they took a 52-39 lead.

He scored back-to-back buckets, taking the lead back to single digits.

"I was just trying to be aggressive," Adams said. "Trying to play my game, helping my team back in it, just trying to get people involved."

"He did what he does well and that's take the ball to the basket. He played excellent," Olson said.

The Huskies shot 50 percent in the first half and came out firing after halftime, missing just nine of their 26 shot attempts after the break.

"They're at home and they hit shots," Frye said. "They must have been hot, and it must have been a lack of defense."

Both teams shot identically from the field (17-34), but the Huskies were 5-of-12 from 3-point range, while the Wildcats were just 1-of-11.

Arizona did not attempt a single free throw in the first half, as Washington committed only three fouls.

Robinson and Stoudamire got into a little shoving match with 0.1 seconds left, and each received a technical foul. They shook hands afterward and Robinson said Stoudamire was just frustrated.

Stoudamire did not talk to reporters after the game.



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