PULLMAN, Washington (Ticker) -- Derrick Low's attempt to give Washington State consecutive wins over Arizona came up short.
Low's 3-pointer at the overtime buzzer was off the mark, allowing No. 8 Arizona to escape with a 57-56 Pac-10 Conference victory, its seventh straight win.
Winners of 38 straight meetings between the teams, Arizona (24-4, 14-2 Pac-10) was stunned by Washington State, 70-63, at home on January 29. Looking to begin a modest winning streak of their own, the Cougars carried a 32-30 lead into the break and held a 49-45 advantage with 2 1/2 minutes to go.
But Salim Stoudamire sank a pair of free throws and Channing Frye made a layup with 51 seconds remaining to draw the Wildcats even and force overtime.
"Down the stretch, it was a case of us hitting free throws and we didn't give them the number of second shots that we had in the first half," Arizona coach Lute Olson said.
In the extra session, two foul shots by Low with 2:41 to go gave Washington State a 54-53 lead and Thomas Kelati added a pair less than 40 seconds later to increase the margin.
A layup by Mustafa Shakur drew Arizona within 56-55. After a foul by Chris Schlatter, Ivan Radenovic converted the free throws to put the Wildcats ahead with just 10 seconds remaining.
Washington State hurried downcourt and put its hopes in the hands of freshman guard Low, whose shot bounced off the front of the rim.
"This one was about as much fun as going to the dentist," Olson said.
Frye - who was held scoreless in overtime - scored 26 points and Hassan Adams and Radenovic added 10 apiece for Arizona. The triumph was the conference record-tying 304th for Olson, who matched the mark set by UCLA's Hall of Fame coach John Wooden.
Kelati scored 16 points to become the 25th player in school history to surpass 1,000 and Low chipped in 12 for the Cougars (10-14, 5-10).
Washington State led throughout the first half, but Arizona never trailed by more than eight points and pulled within two at the break thanks to five straight points in the final 1 1/2 minutes.
"Washington State plays their style and plays it very well," Olson said. "Our guys don't like it when they are in a defensive stance most of the night. I thought (the Cougars) got us to rush a little bit when we did get the ball on offense, mostly in the first half."
The Wildcats took their first lead, 44-42, on a jumper by Frye with 5:10 remaining in the second half.