Mouhamed Gueye had 24 factors and 14 rebounds, and Washington State ended No. 5 Arizona’s 28-game residence successful streak with a 74-61 victory Saturday.
The Cougars (7-10, 2-4 Pac-12) shut down Arizona’s as soon as potent offense, making a uncommon subdued environment inside McKale Center. Washington State constructed an 18-point lead halfway by the second half, withstood Arizona’s late run and shot 12 of 28 from 3-point vary to finish what had been the nation’s third-longest lively successful streak.
The Wildcats (14-2, 3-2) struggled offensively for the third straight recreation, capturing 32% and 4-for-25 from the 3-point arc. Arizona had its fewest halftime factors (27) in two seasons beneath coach Tommy Lloyd and ran out of gasoline after a late 12-2 run reduce the Cougars’ result in 5.
Azoulas Tubelis had 29 factors and 14 rebounds for Arizona.
Arizona received defensive whereas its high-octane offense dropped to fourth gear the earlier two video games.
Once the nation’s highest scoring and finest capturing crew, the Wildcats scored 139 mixed factors towards Arizona State and Washington, successful each behind their protection.
The Wildcats once more struggled offensively towards Washington State, forcing up a number of contested pictures inside whereas going 1-for-8 from 3 within the first half.
Like he did towards Washington, Tubelis was the one Arizona participant to have a lot of an offensive influence, scoring 15 factors on 5 of 11 capturing. The remainder of the Wildcats went a mixed 4-for-16.
Arizona’s protection had some success, holding the Cougars scoreless for greater than 4 1/2 minutes and 7-for-22 on their 2-point pictures. Washington State made up for it by going 7-for-15 from 3, taking a 37-27 halftime lead on TJ Bamba’s 3 on the buzzer.
Washington State pushed the result in 13 early within the second half and stored hitting pictures every time Arizona tried to make a run.
DJ Rodman hit a 3-pointer after Washington State broke Arizona’s full-court press and one other the following possession. Arizona then gave Gueye a free run down the center of the lane for a dunk that put the Cougars up 55-37.
Arizona turned up the defensive strain, holding Washington State to 2 free throws in slightly over 5 minutes, reducing the result in 61-56 with a 12-2 run.
It turned out to be the Wildcats’ final gasp. Washington State pushed the lead again to double digits and Wildcats’ followers to the exits.
Washington State arrived within the desert because the Pac-12′s most prolific 3-point capturing crew. The Cougars had been once more good from the arc and performed tremendous defensively to knock off a top-5 crew on the street.
Arizona must discover a method to get its offense revved up once more. Once scoring greater than 90 factors per recreation, the Wildcats have didn’t eclipse 70 in three straight video games for the reason that nonconference schedule ended. A drop within the AP Top 25 is approaching Monday.
Up subsequent, Washington State hosts California on Wednesday, and Arizona performs at Oregon State on Thursday.
Reporting by Associated Press.
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