Jan. 10, 2010
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -For most of his first season at Arizona, coach Sean Miller has been critical of his team. That wasn't the case on Sunday after the Wildcats beat No. 24 Washington 87-70.
"Overall, that's the best team effort of the year," said Miller, who came to Arizona after a successful run at Xavier. "With six players in double figures it talks about a team playing together and sharing the ball and a lot of individual players playing well. And we defended them well."
Junior Jamelle Horne led Arizona with a career-high 22 points, including two on a rarely seen, left-handed hook-jumper.
"That's just one in my repertoire," he said, smiling. "That's how it is when nights are going well. You put something up and it goes down. I'm going to take it and run down the court with a smile on my face."
Horne hit a career-high five 3-pointers in eight attempts for the Wildcats (8-8, 2-2 Pac-10).
The desert wasn't kind to the Huskies (10-5, 1-3) this weekend as they lost 67-51 at Arizona State on Friday night, their first sweep on the Arizona trip since 2003. It was Washington's worst loss of the season.
Arizona limited Washington to 44.2 percent shooting from the field. The Wildcats shot 50 percent, including 47.1 percent (8 of 17) from 3-point range.
"Mental mistakes can be fixed," Washington coach Lorenzo Romar said. "We just need to work with repetition. Like in school, you go through things over and over until you get them. We've got to spend time working on those things."
Rebounding would be one. Arizona finished with a 40-23 advantage on the boards.
"That's definitely a problem we need to work on," Romar said.
Arizona's largest lead of the game was 77-58 with 3 minutes remaining.
Down 37-27 after Wise hit a 3-pointer at the halftime buzzer, Washington hit three consecutive shots, including two 3-pointers, in the opening 90 seconds of the second half to get within two points.
"We thought we had a chance to overtake them," Romar said. "We also thought that Arizona could fall behind by 20 and make a lot of baskets and come back. We thought we could come back."
But Arizona went on a 6-0 run, extending its lead to 43-35 on a basket by Parrom.