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Updated: Friday, February 27, 2004 12:33 AM EST
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Washington 89, (14) Arizona 84

TUCSON, Arizona (Ticker) -- Washington earned a rare win in the desert.

Tre Simmons scored a career-high 22 points and Hakim Rollins added all of his 14 in the second half as the Huskies stormed into second place in the Pac-10 Conference with an 89-84 upset of 14th-ranked Arizona.

Washington (14-10, 9-6 Pac-10) entered with a 2-29 record in its last 31 games at Arizona and Arizona State, including losses in the last 13 trips. But the Huskies rolled up the offense to complete their first season sweep of the Wildcats since 1983-84.

"Our guys came out right off the bat and made plays to start the second half," Washington coach Lorenzo Romar said. "This was the biggest win of the year. It feels really good to beat Arizona on the road."

The Huskies took control with a 10-0 tear, establishing a 55-45 advantage with 15:05 remaining. Arizona (17-8, 9-7), which suspended disgruntled guard Salim Stoudamire indefinitely earlier in the day, pulled within one point on four occasions in the final five minutes but never went ahead.

Channing Frye's three-point play accounted for the Wildcats' last offense and cut the deficit to 85-84 with 1:54 to play. Arizona got the ball back and had a pair of chances to go ahead, but Hassan Adams and Frye missed jumpers.

Two free throws by Brandon Roy with 62 seconds to go gave Washington a three-point lead and Wildcats freshman Ivan Radenovic missed a tying 3-point attempt. After the Huskies' Mike Jensen was whistled for an offensive foul, Arizona curiously opted against the 3-point shot and Frye misfired on a 17-foot jumper.

Rollins, an Arizona native, put the finishing touches on the win with a basket in the final seconds. He scored six points down the stretch, including baskets that twice pushed a one-point lead back to three.

"Rollins was big-time tonight," Huskies guard Nate Robinson said. "He just did everything well. He's quiet, but actions speak louder than words."

Stoudamire, who was suspended for his actions following Saturday's loss at Oregon State, sat on the bench in street clothes, laughing and joking with teammates. Chris Rodgers started in his place and contributed 10 points and six assists.

"It was just immature actions on my part and it was just detrimental to the team," Stoudamire said. "The fact that we lost tonight made it tough. This is a learning experience."

Washington shot 60 percent (18-of-30) in the second half, shredding Arizona's defense for layups. Simmons and Rollins came off the bench to complement Robinson's 18-point performance.

Frye scored 25 points, just nine in the second half. Adams added 23 points on 8-of-12 shooting and eight rebounds for the Wildcats, who fell to 11-2 at home.

"We told them before the game we better play hard and we better not get into foul trouble. And did they?" Arizona coach Lute Olson asked. "The answer to both questions was no."

The red-hot Huskies won for the ninth time in 11 games, including a 9-1 mark since an 0-5 Pac-10 start. They ended a 24-game road skid against ranked opponents and are climbing steadily in hopes of making a late-season push for an NCAA Tournament berth.

"This puts us in second place now," Romar said. "I've been saying we're on the bubble to be on the bubble for the tournament and now we've probably moved up to on the bubble."


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