Very good game. Washington played hard and played well. But Arizona looks like a national championship contender, and the finally just had more answers down the stretch.
Romar didn't say if he would stick with the new lineup Saturday when Arizona State visits.
Stars of the game: A couple of freshmen stole the show. Washington's Quincy Pondexter came off the bench for the first time in his college career to lead all scorers with 25 points. However, Arizona's Chase Budinger led his team with 23, hitting 3-of-5 three-pointers.
Key stats: Arizona shot 65.3 percent for the game – the most by any UW opponent since 1987. The Wildcats were 16-of-21 (76.2 percent) in the second half. … The Wildcats also scored 21 points from the foul line, while the Huskies scored eight.
Key runs: Washington surged ahead with a 22-4 run in the first half, before Arizona answered with a 15-0 spurt. Those mostly canceled either other out, but Arizona ended the game on 9-1 run, which proved decisive.
Observations: Coach Lorenzo Romar adjusted his starting lineup, benching guard Justin Dentmon and forward Quincy Pondexter in favor of Ryan Appleby and Phil Nelson. … Nelson scored a career-high 16 points in his first career start. … Adrian Oliver set a career-high with eight assists. … Arizona's starting five accounted for all 96 points.
Quotable: "The interesting thing is that we were probably most concerned about (Washington's) inside game with Hawes and Brockman. They both played well, but Quincy Pondexter just shot the lights out." – Arizona coach Lute Olson.
Next: 5 p.m. Saturday, Arizona State, Hec Edmundson Pavilion.