SEATTLE, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- No. 2 Arizona needed overtime Thursday night to escape an upset, beating unranked Pac-10 foe Washington, 88-85.
In beating the Huskies for the eighth straight time, the league-leading Wildcats stayed one game ahead of second-place California.
Channing Frye made a key basket in the extra session to cap a 24-point night for the 'Cats, and guard Salim Stoudamire had 25 points for the winners.
Stoudamire intimated that Arizona did not take the Huskies seriously.
"We did not mentally prepare ourselves for this game," Stoudamire said. "We were joking around in warmups, shooting fadeaway shots, stuff like that. To tell you the truth, we got lucky. Washington should have won that game. It's been this way the whole year. I don't understand."
"Washington played really hard," said Arizona Coach Lute Olson. "They played with a lot more passion than we did. Every loose ball, every rebound, they got. If not for Salim and Channing, we would have been in big-time trouble."
Arizona (17-2, 9-1 Pac-10) improved to 36-15 in the series between the two schools. Washington fell to 8-11, 3-7 in Pac-10 play.