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20070202 Cats Can't Catch No. 18 Cougars
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Release: 02/02/2007
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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'">TUCSON</SPAN></st1:City></st1:place><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'">?</SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'">No. 20 Arizona had only one field goal when it counted, in the last eight and half minutes, and the drought proved disastrous in a 72-66 loss to No. 18-ranked <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Washington</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType> Thursday night in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">McKale</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Center</st1:PlaceType></st1:place>.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'">Ivory <st1:place w:st="on">Clark</st1:place> led the Cougars with 18, backed up by Derrick Low with 13 points, and 12 each from Kyle Weaver and Daven Harmeling. <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> was led by <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=542241"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=542241">Chase Budinger</A></A>&rsquo;s 19 points, with <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39542"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39542">Mustafa Shakur</A></A> adding 13, <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=186162"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=186162">Marcus Williams</A></A> 12 and <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39534"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39534">Ivan Radenovic</A></A> 11. <o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'">WSU had 13 points off the bench while <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> had Williams&rsquo; 12, but only five from center <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=542242"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=542242">Jordan Hill</A></A>, who started in his place.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><st1:place w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'">Clark</SPAN></st1:place><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'"> hit seven of nine shots from the field and was 4-for-4 from the line. Low and sub Taylor Rochestie combined to go 5-for-7 from three-point range.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'"> <TABLE borderColor=black cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=2 align=left bgColor=white border=0> <P> <TBODY> <TR> <TD><IMG id=SCALEPHOTO alt="" src="http://www.nmnathletics.com.edgesuite.net/pics/200/RF/RFLQJFNOOCULTUH.20070202035250.jpg"></TD></TR> <TR> <TD><FONT size=1><EM>Shakur and <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39523"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39523">Lute Olson</A></A></EM></FONT></TD></TR> <P></P> <P></P> <P></P> <P></P> <P></P> <P></P> <P></P> <P></P> <P></P> <P></P> <P></P></P></TABLE>Arizona dropped to 14-7 overall and 5-5 in Pac-10 play, while the Cougars completed a sweep of Arizona for the first time in coach <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39523"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39523">Lute Olson</A></A>&rsquo;s tenure at Arizona and improved to 18-4 and 7-3. Washington State last beat UA twice in league play in 1982-83, Ben Lindsey's only season as Arizona's head coach.</SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'">Arizona</SPAN></st1:place></st1:State><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'"> scored 18 points from the free throw line, but needed field goals down the stretch. The Cougs outshot UA by a 51 percent to 42 percent margin, making six more baskets than the Cats, notably when it mattered.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'">WSU came out in the second half like it had in the first ? shooting well ? and hit six of its first seven shots to extend a three-point lead to 48-40 in the first four minutes. UA stayed that close with some decent shooting of its own, but had trouble closing down the Cougars&rsquo; outside attack.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'">The Cats got a dunk from Williams to slow the onslaught, and after a minute or so cut another point off the lead when Budinger made one of two free throws. After a defensive stop, Budinger caught a pass on the wing from Shakur on the break and stuck a three-pointer to close within two, 48-46, and force a quick timeout by WSU coach Tony Bennett with 13:03 left.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'">WSU&rsquo;s shooting stayed hot. The Cougs answered with a three by Rochestie, but UA got a loose-ball bucket from Budinger to stay within three points. But Low answered with a three to keep WSU up by six, 54-48, which held to a timeout at the 10:55 mark.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'">By that point, WSU&rsquo;s second-half shooting (8-for-13) had pushed its game rate to 55 percent compared to <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State>&rsquo;s decent 46 percent shooting. <o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'">Williams made one of two free throws on one visit to the line, and then made one of two on another to make it WSU 54-50. The Cougars got a jump hook from Aaron Baynes to stop a two-minute scoring drought. Shakur&rsquo;s two bonus shots a moment later kept it a four-point game.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'">WSU&rsquo;s shooting cooled somewhat, and <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> stopped a four minute span without a field goal when Shakur got free inside for an old-fashioned three-point play at 8:36 to close to within one, 56-55. That was the Cats&rsquo; final field goal until a three with two minutes left.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'">A minute later, at 7:44, Shakur drove and drew a foul to send himself to the line coming out of a media timeout. He put UA up for the first time in the half, 57-56., capping a 7-0 run. <o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'">But Harmeling knocked down a jumper to put WSU back on top, and after a UA turnover, Ivory was fouled on a put-back try and made both free throws for a 60-57 WSU lead with 6:38 remaining.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'">Robbie Cowgill got open off a screen for a jumper, and just over a minute later, <st1:place w:st="on">Clark</st1:place> nailed another open jumper to cap an 8-0 <TABLE borderColor=black cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=2 align=left bgColor=white border=0> <P> <TBODY> <TR> <TD><IMG id=SCALEPHOTO alt="" src="http://www.nmnathletics.com.edgesuite.net/pics15/200/DZ/DZRARQPSIFAJZGN.20070202035449.jpg"></TD></TR> <TR> <TD><FONT size=1><STRONG><EM><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39534"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39534">Ivan Radenovic</A></A></EM></STRONG></FONT></TD></TR> <P></P> <P></P> <P></P> <P></P> <P></P> <P></P> <P></P> <P></P> <P></P> <P></P> <P></P></P></TABLE>run.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Radenovic stopped the glut with a pair of free throws to cut the lead to five, 64-59, with just under five minutes to play.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'">The Cats got a free throw from Shakur and little else until Shakur hit the three-pointer to cut the lead to three, 66-63, with under two minutes left.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'">WSU got a big offensive rebound by Weaver to give it a second-chance shot, but UA got a steal from Shakur with just over a minute left.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'">The Cats got two two missed three-pointers, from Williams and McClellan, but Budinger rebounded the latter and earned two free throws, making one to cut the lead to two 66-64, with 45 seconds left. <o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'">Harmeling&rsquo;s three pushed the Cougs on top by five, but Williams hit a pair of free throws to make it a three-point game with 13 seconds left. The Cats had fouls to give, and couldn&rsquo;t send WSu to the line, and Harmeling got free for a breakaway layup to put the game out of reach, 71-66, with seven seconds left. He made a bonus shot for the final score.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><st1:State w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'">Arizona</SPAN></st1:State><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'"> posted an early seven-point lead in the first half, but <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Washington</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> answered with some runs of its own and held steady to its patient plan for a halftime lead.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'">WSU opened the scoring and a 4-2 lead, but Radenovic scored a three-point play to give <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> its first lead, 5-4, and then after a defensive stop, Shakur found an open Budinger under the basket for a layin.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'">Both teams went cold for a couple of minutes, with the first media timeout at 15:59 showing that score, with Radenovic at the line. He made both free throws for a five-point lead.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-ALIGN: center" align=center><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'">The Cats got another rebound and McClellan found Budinger, again alone under the basket, for another layup and an 11-4 lead.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'">Harmeling bounced in a jumper to trim it to five points, but McClellan drove and dished to <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=542242"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=542242">Jordan Hill</A></A> for a close-in bucket to push it back to seven. UA missed two opportunities to extend the lead, and Low got himself to the line for a pair of free throws to cut the margin to 13-8, starting a Cougar 15-7 run over the next five minutes.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'">Shakur found Williams deep on a break for another layup, but Weaver answered for WSU to make it 15-10 <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> at the 11:59 mark. UA worked an in-bounds play after a timeout, with Williams lobbing to Hill for a slam and another seven-point lead. Radenovic fouled to send Weaver to the line at the other end and he made both to make it 17-12.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'">Williams again got free underneath and Shakur fed him for another layup, but Rochestie nailed a three at the other end to cut the lead to four, 19-15, with just under 10 minutes left in the half.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'"> <TABLE borderColor=black cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=2 align=left bgColor=white border=0> <P> <TBODY> <TR> <TD><IMG id=SCALEPHOTO alt="" src="http://admin.xosn.com//pics21/400/MZ/MZPUZLKUYUJHWBJ.20070202040036.jpg"></TD></TR> <TR> <TD><FONT size=1><EM><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=542241"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=542241">Chase Budinger</A></A>. Photos by Luke Adams</EM></FONT></TD></TR> <P></P> <P></P> <P></P> <P></P> <P></P> <P></P> <P></P> <P></P> <P></P> <P></P> <P></P></P></TABLE>Hill was called for goal tending on a shot by Weaver that trimmed the lead to two. After Hill made a fouls hot, WSU&rsquo;s Aron Baynes got a put-back to put WSU within one, 20-19, where it stayed until the third media timeout at 7:38. <o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'">Harmeling&rsquo;s jumper put WSU back on top, 21-20, but <st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> battled on the offensive boards for three shots and a tip-in from Budinger to regain the lead for <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State>. Low hit an open three and the Cougars had a two-point lead at the 6:15 mark. Budinger answered with a put-back off a Radenovic miss to tie at 24, but Chris Matthews drained a 20-footer to put WSU up 27-24.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'">WSU&rsquo;s shooting edge, 52 percent to 42 for UA, kept the Cougs steady despite a decent edge on the boards by the Cats, and Low underscored it with a drive for a close-in layup and a five-point lead.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'">McClellan&rsquo;s three-pointer just around the three-minute mark but the lead to two and stopped a 10-5 WSU run. <o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'">The rest of the half was offense and not much defense. Low hit a three to make it a five-point lead, but Williams had a dump-off to Radenovic for another close-in UA bucket. Ivory <st1:place w:st="on">Clark</st1:place> hit a pair of three throws, but Budinger answered with a six-foot jumper at the other end. <st1:place w:st="on">Clark</st1:place> nailed a three-pointer, WSU&rsquo;s fifth of the half, to again make it a five-point game.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'">UA coach <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39523"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39523">Lute Olson</A></A> called timeout with <st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> holding the ball with 21 seconds left, but never drew up the play that showed a miss by Budinger, a tapped rebound by Radenovic and a tip-in by Williams at the buzzer to make it WSU 36, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> 33. Budinger had 12 points for UA in the period, while Low paced WSU with 10.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><st1:State w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'">Arizona</SPAN></st1:State><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'"> plays <st1:State w:st="on">Washington</st1:State> Saturday in McKale, while WSU travels to <st1:City w:st="on">Tempe</st1:City> to meet <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Arizona</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place>.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P>
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