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UA basketball final score: Washington 69, Arizona 67

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Fans in the student section cheer before the game at McKale Center. Students wear red shirts over their white shirts and will take them off right before the start of the game. Saturday January 28, 2012. Tucson, Arizona.

For the second straight season, a block just before the buzzer saved the day during an Arizona Wildcats' "whiteout" game at McKale Center.

Only this time it saved Washington's 69-67 win.

Tony Wroten Jr. blocked a driving Josiah Turner and a rebound dunk off Turner's miss by Nick Johnson was ruled to be after the buzzer.

That allowed the Huskies to avenge an 87-86 loss to the Wildcats at McKale Center last season, when Derrick Williams blocked a shot by Darnell Gant before the buzzer.

The loss dropped Arizona to 14-8 overall and 5-4 in the Pac-12, at the halfway mark of the conference regular season. Washington improved to 14-7 and 7-2.

Solomon Hill led all scorers with a career-high 28 points and it appeared his three-pointer to tie the game with eight seconds left might send the game into overtime. But Turner was called for a blocking foul shortly after Washington rebounded, and Washington's C.J. Wilcox hit two ensuing free throws for the final 69-67 margin.

While Hill had 28 points and 11 rebounds, Jesse Perry added 12 rebounds and 13 points but shot just 3 of 14 from the field.

Wroten led Washington with 17 points while Terrence Ross had 16 points, three blocks and three steals.

Arizona played without key reserve wing Kevin Parrom in the second half because of an apparent injury to his right foot or ankle. Parrom was not on the team bench for the first eight minutes of the second half and, when he returned, Parrom was wearing a boot cast over his right ankle and foot.

Parrom was fouled with two minutes to go in the first half and left the game 30 seconds later.

A UA spokesman said Parrom was being examined but did not say what it was for.

Parrom's lower right leg had been affected by the gunshot wound he suffered on the side of his right knee in September.

Arizona trailed 67-62 with 52 seconds left and Jesse Perry scored inside to cut it to three. Then, after Wilcox missed the front end of a one-and-one, Hill made his final three-pointer.

Arizona cut it to 64-60 after Washington failed to inbound the ball in time and Solomon Hill scored on UA's subsequent possession. After a Washington miss, Johnson scored inside to pull UA within two points, 64-62, but Terrence Ross sank a three-pointer with 52 seconds left to give the Huskies a five-point lead.

A three-pointer from Ross gave Washington a 10-point lead, 58-48, with 6:21 to go. Washington took its biggest lead when Ross hit a jumper to put the Huskies up 60-49 with 5:43 to go.

The Wildcats cut it to six points when Hill made a three-point play with 2:29 to go and, after Wilcox made a layup, Perry hit two free throws to pull UA back within six points.

With 10 minutes to go, Washington's Terrence Ross picked up his third block of the game by swatting Jesse Perry's shot inside. Perry was 2 for 11 at that point and the Huskies led 50-44.

Earlier in the second half, Aziz N'Diaye and Wroten had four points each in the first five minutes of the second half while Washington took a 39-36 lead.

Hill made a tip in dunk at the halftime buzzer to give Arizona a 32-29 lead at the end of a tense but somewhat sloppily played first half.

Hill rebounded a missed shot by Wilcox with 11 seconds left and Johnson took a jumper from the top of the key. When it missed, Hill slammed the ball in.

Hill, who led all scorers in the half with nine points, nearly ended the first half on a bad note, when he was called for traveling under the basket with 40 seconds to go, the Wildcats' 10th turnover of the half.

Not only did the Wildcats have trouble taking care of the ball but they also had trouble inside. UA center Perry shot just 1 of 7 from the field, while Washington center Aziz N'Diaye had eight points to lead the Huskies.

Washington led 27-25 with 3:31 to go in the half. At that point, Arizona had nine turnovers and Perry was 1 for 6 from the field.

Arizona entered a timeout with 6:39 remaining trailing 25-23 after Jordin Mayes was called for an offensive foul. UA had seven turnovers at that point.

The Wildcats took their first lead since the first minute when Turner hit a jumper with 11:43 to go, giving UA a 15-14 lead.

Turner then made a layup to put the Wildcats up by three but the Huskies came back and took a 25-20 lead by the time Wroten hit a three-pointer with 7:34 to go.

Arizona pulled within a 14-13 Washington lead by the 11:56 mark, with Solomon Hill hitting a three-pointer at the top of the key and Parrom getting a breakaway layup.

Washington took an early 14-7 lead at the first media timeout (15:04), while the Wildcats had four turnovers, two from Turner, over the first five minutes.

Among the pregame highlights on the video board, of course, was Derrick Williams' game-saving block against Washington last season at McKale Center.

Only a scattered few fans inside McKale Center are not wearing white, except the student section at the north end, which is wearing all red.

 


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