The Arizona Wildcats and Washington Huskies have a history of closely-contested games that go down to the buzzer. With the two programs locked in a battle with huge Pac-12 conference implications, the 'Cats trail the Dawgs by a score of 39-37 at the break.
Arizona got off to a strong start, something they desperately needed to do after struggling early against Washington St. and Utah in the last week, but the Huskies responded with a big rally capped off by two free throws courtesy of a Sean Miller technical foul.
Aziz N'Diaye, who clocks in at seven-feet tall and nearly 260 pounds, grabbed a loose ball around mid-court. The center grabbed the basketball, passed it forwards to himself -- which is illegal and a travel -- and then somehow got all the way to the basket for a dunk on only two dribbles. No travel was called. Miller was understandably furious and received a technical, something the head coach seldom does.
The Wildcats battled back but simply could not come up with enough defensive stops to take the lead. Brendon Lavender continues to be on fire from behind the arc and hit two of this three attempts, while Kyle Fogg led the way with nine points. Solomon Hill had seven points and five rebounds. Jesse Perry and Nick Johnson both added six a piece.
Terrence Ross led all scorers with 15 points, but he picked up a second foul late in the half that kept him out of the final few minutes. Freshman guard Tony Wroten had 10 points and five boards, while Abdul Gaddy added six of his own.
The second half is about to begin and the winner will be in prime position to win the regular season conference title.
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