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20070226 Cats Down Devils, 61-58
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Release: 02/26/2007
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<P>TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -<A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=542241"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=542241">Chase Budinger</A></A> scored 23 points and <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=186162"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=186162">Marcus Williams</A></A> added 19 as Arizona defeated Arizona State 61-58 Sunday night, the Wildcats' 24th win in the last 25 meetings between the in-state rivals.</P> <P>Leading 58-49 with 2:40 to play, the Wildcats watched as ASU's Derek Glasser and Christian Polk hit back-to-back 3-pointers to pull the Sun Devils within 58-55.</P> <P><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=68641"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=68641">Bret Brielmaier</A></A> hit a free throw with 7 seconds left to put the Wildcats up by 4, and Arizona needed that margin when Williams fouled Glasser beyond the 3-point arc with 2 seconds left.</P> <P>It was an emotional victory for the Wildcats (18-9, 9-7 Pac-10), who had lost 7 of their last 11 games, raising the possibility that their 22-year string of NCAA tournament appearances may end.</P> <P>Arizona coach <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39523"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39523">Lute Olson</A></A> is 43-6 against ASU as the Wildcats' coach.</P> <P>Christian Polk scored 18 points, Serge Angounou had 14 and Jeff Pendergraph 13 for the Sun Devils (7-20, 1-15).</P> <P>The Wildcats won the first game between the schools 71-47 in Tucson Jan. 24, and early on it looked as if the rematch would be another blowout. Arizona jumped ahead 7-0, scoring on its first three possessions on a drive by <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39542"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39542">Mustafa Shakur</A></A>, a lay-up by Budinger and a 3-pointer by Williams.</P> <P>The Wildcats stretched their lead to 22-12 midway through the first half. But that's when Angounou went on a personal 8-2 run, hitting a pair of 3-pointers and a 15-footer to spark a 19-8 run that put ASU ahead 31-30 at intermission.</P> <P>The Wildcats shot 52 percent from the floor in the first half but trailed because they had 9 turnovers. Although it had a week to prepare for the game, Arizona appeared befuddled by the Sun Devils' zone defense.</P> <P>That changed in the second half. The Wildcats began attacking the basket, and they outscored ASU 15-6 to take a 45-37 lead 6 minutes into the half.</P> <P>But Arizona State kept coming, just as it did a week earlier in a victory over then-No. 22 Southern California. The Sun Devils pulled within 47-46 midway through the half.</P> <P>Then ASU went through one of the scoring slumps that have plagued it all season, scoring only one basket in a 7-minute stretch late in the half.</P></BLOCK>
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