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Cats Take Big Bite out of Dawgs, 84-54
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: February 03, 2007
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TUCSON?-Freshman Jordan Hill scored 16 points, grabbed eight rebounds and blocked five shots to emphasize Arizona’s dominance in all three phases in the Wildcats’ impressive 84-54 victory over Washington in McKale Center Saturday.


Five Wildcats scored in double figures, with Chase Budinger and Jawann McClellan adding 15, Ivan Radenovic 14 and Marcus Williams putting up 11 points. UA guard Mustafa Shakur led all play-makers with eight assists.


No. 20 Arizona improved to 15-7 and 6-5 in Pac-10 play, while Washington dropped to 14-8 and 4-7.


The Huskies were led by Artem Wallace with 12 and Jon Brockman with 10, the only Huskies in double figures. UW shooter Ryan Appleby was held to 1-for-10 shooting, while Washington's dominant inside freshman, Spencer Hawes, was held to six points on 3-for-11 shooting.


Arizona’s renewed defensive effort helped the Cats score in transition and post 80 points for the first time in its last seven games. The Cats held Washington to 38 percent from the field, while shooting a nine-game high of 57 percent from the field. Arizona also built a remarkable 42-25 edge on the boards. Radenovic matched Hill with eight and Budinger added seven.


Hill, in only his second start of his career, showed why he earned the role. The 6-foot-9 forward hit seven of nine shots to go with his boardwork, and his inside defense helped Arizona control the paint for most of the game. The Cats led by 19 at the half and didn't look back.


Arizona came out in the second half with the fire it developed in the first, using a combination of shooting, rebounding and defense to extend its lead to 24 points by the first media timeout at 15:39, 56-32.


In that span Hill had his third and fourth blocked shots, the Cats posted a 6-3 edge in rebounding and held UW to 3-for-10 shooting.


Hill’s close-in hook a minute later, and his jumper another minute after that made it a 29-point game and put the onus on UA’s defense for the rest of the contest.


Even then, UA’s offense kept its spark, and a fastbreak feed from Shakur to Radenovic for a layup caused UW coach Lorenzo Romar to call timeout trailing 63-32 with 13 minutes left.


Jawann McClellan’s fastbreak jam doubled the Huskies’ score, 65-32. Ryan Appleby’s first basket of the game stopped the UA glut a moment later.


UW had a tiny spurt with a couple of buckets by Artem Wallace and Quincy Pondexter, but Arizona kept up its attack at the basket with a layin by Hill to keep the lead at 30, 69-39 at a 10:44 media timeout.


The rest of the way was experimentation by Arizona’s Lute Olson, with the game in hand. The Huskies put together a 10-2 run right off the bat, to cut the lead to 22 points, 73-51. Hill’s dunk for his final points stopped that spurt and re-emphasized Arizona’s effort.




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Neither team was particularly hot from the onset in the first half, with a combined six missed shots in the first few minutes.


Things heated up, notably for Arizona, and the Cats’ first hot streak in three games, and some solid rebounding, fueled a big run to give UA a sizeable halftime lead of 19 points.


Budinger hit a jumper from the top of the key to open the scoring one possession into the game, but Justin Dentmon answered with a three-pointer for UW. Moments later Jon Brockman got open on the break to make it 5-2, UW.


Hill jammed one off a pass from Williams, and after a stop Arizona took a lead on a fastbreak dunk by Williams on a feed from Shakur.


Out of the first timeout, Radenovic hit a pair of UA free throws, but Adrian Oliver tied the game at 8 with a three-pointer.


The game see-sawed a bit, with Williams scoring inside, Spencer Hawes answering for UW, Radenovic getting a layup and Brockman answering. Radenovic got another layup to put UA up 14-12.  Budinger’s three-pointer extended UA’s lead to five points, but Quincy Pondexter hit a jumper to keep UW close by the second media timeout at 11:55.


Shooting by both teams heated up a bit after that. Hawes hit a jump hook on a goaltending call against UA’s Hill. UW had a chance for a lead but Pondexter stepped on the end line, and UA ?'s Jawann McClellan drained a jumper in the lane. After a miss on the Washington end, McClellan hit his first three-pointer to make it 22-16. Wallace quickly hit a jumper to keep the Huskies within four, with about 10 minutes left in the half.


Williams’ two free throws pushed the lead to eight points, 26-18, but Pondexter fought on the boards for a put-back to keep it manageable by the third media timeout at 7:47.


The Cats made a move, capping a 9-0 spurt and an 18-4 run. McClellan put up another three-point shot, but was fouled by Brockman to get to the line, making each for a 28-20 Arizona lead. Brockman was called for a charge at the UW end of the floor and Budinger hit a jumper to make it an 11-point lead.


UA got a block by Hill on a Hawes close-in shot, and Shakur got himself to the line on a fastbreak. He missed both free throws but rebounded the second and drove the baseline for a layin and a 34-20 lead. Hawes turned it over at one end and McClellan got free on a pass from Shakur for a layup and a 15-point lead, with UW coach Romar calling timeout at the 5:21 mark.


Hill made a pair of free throws to extend the run to 11-0, but finally UW’s Brockman got to the line on a Radenovic foul to end the Wildcat run, making both to make it 37-22 with about four minutes left. Brockman’s jumper a moment later made it seem like UW could mount a little comeback, but Hill hit a jump hook and Budinger nailed a three to make it 42-24.


Phil Nelson got a loose ball of a Shakur turnover to get open for a bank shot and cut the lead to 14.


Arizona got a little sloppy, with a turnover by McClellan on a needless traveling move on a break, and UA coach Lute Olson called a 30-second timeout with just over a minute left to calm things down.


It worked. UA got a stop and then Shakur fed Budinger for a three-pointer to cap the halftime scoring with Arizona up by a 45-26 margin. The Cats shot 59 percent from the floor and topped their full-game three-point average (3.7) for the last seven games with four made bombs. UA outrebounded the Pac-10’s second-brest rebounding team by a 20-11 margin in the period.


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