PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) -- Even with Washington State coach Dick
Bennett sidelined because of the flu, the Cougars played his brand
of low-scoring, defensive basketball.
It wasn't quite enough against No. 9 Arizona.Channing Frye hit a short jumper with 58 seconds left to lift
the Wildcats to a 61-57 win over Washington State on Saturday.With Bennett sick at home, assistant coach Tony Bennett, his
son, made his head coaching debut."It's obvious that Dick and Tony have sold them on the value of
good defense," Arizona coach Lute Olson said after the Wildcats
were held to 39 percent shooting and their lowest point total of
the season.Arizona (14-4, 6-3 Pac-10), coming off a shocking 96-83 loss at
Washington on Thursday, came into the game averaging 88 points a
game, tops in the nation.The Wildcats relied on a dominating 45-24 edge in rebounding to
win its 37th straight over Washington State. The Cougars had only
five offensive boards."We should be able to hurt them inside with Frye," Olson said
of his 6-foot-11 center. "Channing did a good job."Frye finished with 17 points, nine of them in the final 13
minutes. Mustafa Shakur and Salim Stoudamire added 11 points each,
and Andre Iguodala had 10 points and 15 rebounds.Marcus Moore led Washington State (9-10, 3-6) with 29 points.
But he was scoreless over the final 5:45 as Stoudamire began to
deny him the ball."Salim did an unbelievable job on Marcus in the final five
minutes," Olson said.Moore, who broke out of a prolonged slump with his highest
output of the season, agreed."They did a good job of not letting me get the ball," Moore
said. "Instead of the 3-point line, they started picking me up at
half court."No other player scored in double figures for the Cougars, who
are last in the league with an average of 55 points a game.Tony Bennett said his father had been sick for several days and
showed up at the game looking pale. Dick Bennett was told by
doctors to go home, and Tony Bennett walked out to face the
Wildcats."Nice one to leave me on, huh?" Tony Bennett said.But the Cougars also put on one of their best performances of
the season, leading 29-28 at halftime and forcing the Wildcats into
14 turnovers."These guys battled for my dad," Bennett said. "Our system
can keep us in a game like this."We are not happy with the outcome, but we have to build on
this."Iguodala had a slam dunk and followed with a 3-pointer to give
the Wildcats a 37-34 lead to start the second half.Moore hit consecutive 3-pointers to tie the game at 44 with
13:40 left.Frye responded with a free throw and three field goals to help
the Wildcats build a 51-46 lead. But the Cougars scored seven
consecutive points, and Justin Bellegarde's layup tied the game at
53 with 4:42 left.A pair of turnovers allowed Hassan Adams and Shakur to score two
easy baskets to give Arizona a 57-53 lead.Baskets by Isaiah Simmons and Thomas Kelati tied the score at 57
for WSU.But Frye's short jumper gave Arizona a 59-57 lead with 58
seconds left. Simmons' 3-point attempt bounced off the rim and the
Cougars were forced to foul.The Cougars only shot three free throws in the game, making one.
Arizona was 16-of-19 from the line.Washington State has not beaten Arizona since Jan. 30, 1986.
It's the longest streak by one team over another in the Pac-10.