TUCSON, Arizona (Ticker) -- After a quick start by Washington, things quickly returned to normal for second-ranked Arizona.
Salim Stoudamire scored 23 points and Jason Gardner added 11 as Arizona shook off a sluggish start and posted a 79-61 triumph over Pac-10 Conference rival Washington.
Channing Frye added 10 points and seven rebounds for Arizona, which improved to 11-1 and 4-0 in the conference. The Wildcats trailed early in the contest but Stoudamire got hot from 3-point range and Arizona was able to beat Washington for the 18th time in 19 meetings.
"Every day I'm getting better," Stoudamire said. "I'm just taking it day by day and taking advantage of my opportunities. ... I'm shooting well in practice and it carries over to the game. I have been working out a lot in the weight room and it is paying off being able to take those hits trying to drive to the basket."
"I feel like teams are going to come out excited and try to stop us and we have to stick with our game plan and we'll be fine," Frye said. "We look forward to anybody right now, we are not overlooking anyone."
Doug Wrenn and freshman Nate Robinson had 11 points apiece for Washington (6-7, 1-3). The Huskies have lost three of four since a three-game winning streak.
Washington made just 3-of-11 3-point attempts and committed 22 turnovers.
"When we had all five guys playing defense, we made it hard for them to run their offense," Arizona coach Lute Olson said. "But we still need to work on getting all five guys to put pressure on the ball at the same time. We did a good job of attacking the ball and made them turn the ball over a bit."
"We played a very fine team," Washington coach Lorenzo Romar said. "Every time we failed to hit the open man or broke down offensively, they were able to expose us. Everyone of Arizona's players can pass the ball well and when you have five guys on the floor who can pass, you are going to do well offensively."
Wrenn scored the first five points of the contest and Washington was ahead 6-3 three minutes into the contest. But Luke Walton sank a jumper and Stoudamire buried his second 3-pointer of the half for an 8-6 lead.
The contest was tied, 19-19, with 8:50 left in the half when Walton, who finished with seven points in 23 minutes, hit a free throw. Freshman Chris Rodgers followed with a layup and Stoudamire had a dunk for a five-point edge.
"We are able to wear teams out," Gardner said. "Coach likes to alternate guys in quickly and wear the other guys down. They came out with a lot of fire but we were able to get Salim open for some shots and he got us going."
After a free throw by the Huskies' Anthony Washington with 7:26 remaining in the half, Stoudamire had a layup, Gardner a free throw and a layup to extend the Wildcats' advantage to 29-20.
A tip-in by Washington got the Huskies within 31-28 with 2:16 left but the Wildcats closed the half on a 6-0 run. Gardner had four points in the burst.
Washington's Bobby Jones had five of the first seven points in the second half but a three-point play by Frye with 19:10 left in the contest ignited a 9-4 spurt.
The Huskies still were within 56-48 following a pair of free throws by Will Conroy with 9:16 to go. But again Stoudamire responded, sinking a jumper that sparked an 8-0 burst.
"We played good in spurts, there were a couple of three or five minute stretches that were the difference in the game," Romar added.