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    Arizona shoots past Washington

    UA guard Jerryd Bayless shoots over UW guard Venoy Overton in Saturdays 89-64 Wildcat win over Washington in McKale Center. Bayless scored 26 points, shooting 9-for-11 from the field, and dished out six assists.
    UA guard Jerryd Bayless shoots over UW guard Venoy Overton in Saturday’s 89-64 Wildcat win over Washington in McKale Center. Bayless scored 26 points, shooting 9-for-11 from the field, and dished out six assists.

    Arizona 84, Washington 69

    The Arizona men’s basketball team has several individual players on its team that can be the hero on any given night. But when those players heat up in the same game, stopping them is like trying to catch a speeding bullet with your fingers.

    The Wildcats (14-6, 4-3 Pacific 10 Conference) won their third straight game with hot shooting the entire way through, dropping Washington (12-8, 3-4 Pac-10) 84-69 in McKale Center on Saturday afternoon.

    UA guard Jerryd Bayless (26) and forwards Chase Budinger (25) and Jordan Hill (15) combined for 67 of the Wildcats’ points, shooting 22-for-34 from the field as a trio. Budinger and Bayless hit 10 of the team’s 13 3-pointers, a season high for team triples.

    “”Right now we’re playing great basketball,”” said Bayless, who shot 9-for-11 from the field in his 29 minutes. “”On the offensive end, we’re sharing the ball, everybody’s getting touches and everybody’s scoring. I think if we continue to do that the sky’s the limit.””

    Arizona 62.2 percent shooting percentage marked its best output since draining 64.1 percent of its shots against Missouri-Kansas City on Nov. 19 in an 81-62 win.

    “”Sometimes the basket looks as big as a swimming pool,”” said UA interim head coach Kevin O’Neill. “”Sometimes it doesn’t.

    “”I’ve always said that if you have good shooters – and we have good shooters – you can shoot open shots and you can shoot a high percentage,”” O’Neill added.

    The Huskies shot 52.6 percent from the field, with 34 of their points coming in the paint – including 24 from forward John Brockman alone. Arizona only scored 24 points that close to the basket as a team

    Despite a great effort from Brockman, who scored his team-high 24 points in just 27 minutes due to early foul trouble, the Huskies couldn’t catch up to the Wildcats in the second half.

    A trey by Bayless gave the Wildcats their largest lead of the game, 79-53, with 4:53 left in the game. It was one of his five 3-pointers to go with five from Budinger.

    After 21 personal fouls were called in the first half – nine on Arizona – guards Nic Wise and Daniel Dillon, forwards Zane Johnson and Jamelle Horne and center Kirk Walters were on the court for the Wildcats in the final minute. But the unusual lineup didn’t stop the team from finishing the half on a high note.

    Five points from Wise in the final minute gave the Wildcats a 45-32 lead at halftime after a half in which Arizona shot a blistering 69.9 percent(16-of-23), compared to Washington’s 46.6 percent (13-of-28).

    “”We played through some foul trouble in the first half, but Nic stepped up and gave us a little bit of momentum going into halftime,”” O’Neill said. “”We got a couple of stops with kind of an unlikely lineup out there.””

    Arizona hit six of its first seven shots from the field to take a 13-5 lead less than four minutes into the game. The Huskies took a 17-16 lead seven minutes into the first half with two free throws by forward Quincy Pondexter but Arizona got up and never looked back from there.

    “”We played against a team who found their rhythm,”” said UW head coach Lorenzo Romar. “”And it was difficult to get them out of their rhythm.””

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    UA forward Bret Brielmaier missed his third straight game because of a sprained right shoulder. O’Neill said he’s under the understanding Brielmaier will try to play Thursday at USC. …

    Walters started the game for the fourth time this season, but only played eight minutes. He pulled down two defensive rebounds and scored a point from the foul line.

    Check the Wildcat‘s print edition on Monday for more coverage of the game.

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