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Cats Drop 70-67 Decision to Washington
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 03/05/2006
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TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Brandon Roy scored 16 points to help 14th-ranked Washington rally to beat Arizona 70-67 on Saturday and win its eighth straight game.

Washington (24-5, 13-5 Pac-10) took its first lead at 68-67 when Justin Dentmon stripped Williams of the ball at halfcourt and fed Bobby Jones, who dunked with 33 seconds to go. Thirteen seconds later, Williams missed two free throws that would have put Arizona ahead.

After Dentmon hit a pair of free throws with nine seconds left, Arizona's Hassan Adams air-balled a 3-pointer to seal the Wildcats' loss.

Marcus Williams scored 20 points to lead Arizona (18-11, 11-7), which is trying to extend its string of 21 consectuive NCAA tournament appearances.

In an effort to energize the Pac-10's most intimidating building, Arizona billed the game as the ``Red Out in McKale Center.'' The Wildcats wore their red road uniforms and coach Lute Olson sported a red blazer. Most of the 14,630 fans dressed in red, including Arizona Diamondbacks slugger Luis Gonzalez, who sat courtside in a red t-shirt.

The Huskies waded into this sea of red looking to earn a share of the Pac-10 regular-season title. But those hopes evaporated when UCLA clinched sole possession of first place by defeating Stanford 75-54 in Palo Alto.

Still, both Washington and Arizona had plenty to play for. The Huskies, who came in on a seven-game win streak, wanted to stay hot heading into the postseason. The Wildcats, meanwhile, needed to polish their NCAA tournament resume.

That's why the game was played with tournament intensity.

The teams' first meeting was a shootout, won by Arizona 96-95 in double overtime Dec. 31 in Seattle. Defense dominated the rematch.

Arizona blanketed Roy, a candidate to become the Huskies' first Pac-10 Player of the Year since Chris Welp in 1986. Roy entered the game averaging 19.7 points per game, .2 points behind league leader Leon Powe of California. But he scored only one field goal in the first 27 minutes.

Arizona took control with a 10-2 run midway through the first half. It began when Hassan Adams, the Wildcats' leading scorer, hit a 15-foot jumper to put Arizona up 15-10. Then point guard Mustafa Shakur scored on an off-balance drive.

After Washington's Jamaal Williams scored on a lay-up, Arizona's Chris Rodgers knocked down back-to-back three-pointers and Adams scored to boost Arizona's lead to 25-14.

The Huskies didn't buckle. They responded with their own 10-2 run, capped by a three-pointer by guard Ryan Appleby, to pull within 34-31 at intermission.

Washington tied the game at 34-34 when Dentmon scored from beyond the arc on the first possession of the second half.

That shot awakened Arizona, which reeled off 12 of the next 14 points to take a 50-38 lead with 13:40 to go. But the Huskies immediately went on a 7-0 run capped by another Appleby three-pointer.

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