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January 26, 2008

Arizona Second Half Three Pointers Doom the Dawgs

TUCSON, Ariz.(AP) Jerryd Bayless scored 26 points and Chase Budinger added 25 in an Arizona display of sharpshooting that led to an 84-69 rout of Washington on Saturday.

Jordan Hilladded 16 points, 11 rebounds and five blocked shots, giving him 11 blocks in the Wildcats' sweep of the Washington schools. He had a career-best six blocks in Thursday's 76-64 victory over No. 6 Washington State.

Arizona (14-6, 4-3 Pac-10) shot 62 percent (28-of-45) overall and was 13-of-22 from 3-point range, 9-of-14 in the second half.

Bayless, the Wildcats' standout freshman guard, was 9-of-11 from the field, including 5-of-6 on 3s, and had six assists. Budinger was 8-of-15, including 5-of-10 on 3-pointers.

Jon Brockman had 24 points and Ryan Appleby added 13 for the Huskies (12-8, 3-4).

Arizona scored the last eight points of the first half to go up by 13, then turned the game into a rout with its avalanche of 3-pointers in the second half.

The Wildcats shot 70 percent from the field (16-of-23) and 9-of-10 from the free throw line to take a 45-32 halftime lead. Hill had 13 points, seven rebounds and three blocked shots in the first half.

Budinger started the late first-half run with a 3-pointer with 3:25 to play. Neither team scored again until Nic Wise's 3 made it 43-32 with 45 seconds left. Wise drove for a layup with 3 seconds left to give the Wildcats their 13-point halftime lead.

Budinger, Jawann McClellan and Bayless made 3s as Arizona opened the second half with a 10-4 spurt to go up 55-36 with 15:27 to play. Another 3-pointer by Bayless made it 60-40 with 10:24 to go. Yet another 3 by Bayless put Arizona ahead 79-53 with 4:50 left.

Twenty-one fouls were called in the first half. Brockman got his second just 4 1/2 minutes into the game and sat out 9 minutes of the half.

A disgusted Kevin O'Neill, Arizona's interim coach, got in a nose-to-nose argument with official Bobby McRoy after a disputed offensive foul call against Budinger, but no technical was called. The two hugged and laughed after the argument ended.

Hill scored seven points in a 12-2 run that put the Wildcats ahead 28-19 with 8:45 remaining in the half. Arizona capped the run when Hill blocked a shot, leading to McClellan's fastbreak layup with 8:45 left.

Two of Arizona's three Pac-10 losses - at home against Oregon and at Arizona State - came when Bayless was out with a sprained knee.



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