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Cats lose at Washington, but are still in first place

UA can't overcome off night for Wise, early foul trouble

Well, at least the Arizona men's basketball team still has a share of first place in the Pacific-10 Conference.

The Wildcats were saddled by foul trouble, turnover problems and difficulty stopping Quincy Pondexter in an 81-75 loss to Washington in Seattle on Thursday that ended a four-game winning streak.

The Cats entered the night in a two-way tie for first with California, but they are now in a four-way tie with California, Arizona State and UCLA at 6-4. USC knocked off Cal, Arizona State beat Washington State and UCLA beat Stanford on Thursday.  Washington and USC are a game back at 5-5.

"Washington has a style that, to me, really favors them at home... they crash the offensive glass, they use their defense to create turnovers, and they just really attack the paint," UA coach Sean Miller said at the postgame press conference. "They're constantly putting pressure on the defense. They did what they do better than the things that we do."

UA freshman Derrick Williams played just eight minutes before he fouled out. He scored three points and took one shot from the field. UA was whistled for 30 fouls with Kevin Parrom also fouling out and Jamelle Horne, Kyryl Natyazhko and Solomon Hill getting four fouls apiece.

And senior Nic Wise struggled throughout the game, scoring 12 points but making just 4 of 17 shots from the field. Wise missed a short jumper that would have tied it at 71 with 1:12 left to play after Alex Jacobson came up with a big rebound after a missed free throw by Kyle Fogg.

The Wildcats had 20 turnovers and UW had a 25-8 edge in points off turnovers.

Pondexter finished with 30 points and Venoy Overton made six free throws in the final minute to help the Huskies hang on. Washington, 15-7 overall, is 15-1 at home this season. The Huskies' only loss at home this season was to Oregon. relies on contributions from our readers to support our reporting on Tucson's civic affairs. Donate to today!
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UA stayed close because of strong play from its backups. The Wildcats got 40 points from their bench players as MoMo Jones led with 14, Hill had 12 and Brendon Lavender finished with 11, including three 3-pointers. Jacobson played a season-high 15 minutes and had five rebounds, a blocked shot and two points.

UW struggled from the field, hitting 36.9 percent.

"Yeah, but I will say this: Washington got to the free throw line 42 times, so even though we held them under 40 percent, they were doing a lot of damage from the free throw line," Miller said at the postgame news conference.

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Pac-10 standings

  • Arizona - 6-4, 12-10
  • California - 6-4, 14-8
  • Arizona State - 6-4, 16- 7
  • UCLA - 6-4, 11-11
  • USC - 5-5, 13-9
  • Washington - 5-5, 15-7
  • Oregon - 4-5, 11-10
  • Wash. St. - 4-6, 14-8
  • Stanford - 4-6, 10-12
  • Oregon St. - 3-6, 9-12