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Cougars Pull Off Upset, 70-63
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: January 29, 2005
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By BOB BAUM AP Sports Writer

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) _ Thomas Kelati made a career-high seven 3-pointers, the last one with 50.4 seconds to play, and Washington State stunned No. 11 Arizona 70-63 on Saturday, ending a 38-game losing streak against the Wildcats.

Kelati, who matched his career high of 27 points set against Arizona last season, sealed the victory by making two free throws with 32.1 seconds left.

Washington State (9-9, 4-5 Pac-10) last beat coach Lute Olson's Wildcats on Jan. 30, 1986, 65-63 in overtime in Pullman. WSU broke a 20-game losing streak in Tucson and defeated a ranked opponent for the first time in 49 tries.

The Cougars scored the last seven points of the game after a steal led to Mustafa Shakur's breakaway stuff that tied it at 63 with 1:12 remaining.

Kelati, 7-for-9 from 3-point range, sank his final 3 to put WSU up for good. Salim Stoudamire missed a 3-pointer, then Kelati was fouled and made the two free throws to send WSU on its way to coach Dick Bennett's biggest upset in his two seasons with the Cougars.

Arizona (17-4, 7-2) came out flat for the noon tipoff after an intense 91-82 victory over No. 10 Washington on Thursday night. That victory had put the Wildcats alone in first place in the Pac-10, but Washington can move back into a tie by winning at Arizona State on Sunday.

Shakur led Arizona with 12 points. Ivan Radinovic had 11 points and 10 rebounds, and Channing Frye scored 11 but had only two rebounds. Stoudamire was 4-for-14 shooting, 0-for-5 from 3-point range. He scored 11. Hassan Adams scored 10.

Reserve Chris Rodgers did not play for the Wildcats. There was no immediate explanation, but he was not injured.

Freshmen Derek Low and Robbie Cowgill each had season highs of 13 and 12 points, respectively, for the Cougars. Low was 4-for-4 on 3-pointers.

The Wildcats shot just 35 percent in the second half and committed 17 turnovers in the game.

Washington State kept the game at a slow tempo against the lethargic Wildcats, who lost at home for the first time in 12 outings this season.

WSU took an early 8-2 lead and was up 30-26 after Kelati's 3-pointer with 3:04 left in the half. Arizona responded with an 8-2 spurt, going up 34-30 on Stoudamire's driving bank shot 38 seconds before the break. But Jeff Varem's 3-pointer with 4 seconds to go cut the Wildcats' lead to 34-33 at halftime.

The Wildcats finally mounted a 10-0 surge that erased a 45-41 WSU lead and gave them their biggest lead, 51-45, on Shakur's drive through the lane with 9:19 remaining. Adams triggered the outburst with a steal from Varem and a breakaway stuff. But the Cougars came back, cutting it to 51-50 on Kelati's fourth 3-pointer with 7:01 to go, then Low made a 3-pointer from the corner to put WSU ahead 55-54 with 5{ minutes left.

The lead changed hands four times after that. Washington State went up 61-59 on Kelati's sixth 3-pointer with 3:06 to go. Adams' rebound of Stoudamire's missed 3 tied it at 61 with 2:33 left.

Varem made two free throws with 1:54 to play to put WSU ahead 63-61, then Shakur's breakaway tied it for the last time.

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