Mouhamed Gueye had 24 factors and 14 rebounds, and Washington State ended No. 5 Arizona’s 28-game dwelling profitable 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 ambiance inside McKale Heart. Washington State constructed an 18-point lead halfway by means of 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 energetic profitable streak.
The Wildcats (14-2, 3-2) struggled offensively for the third straight sport, taking pictures 32% and 4-for-25 from the 3-point arc. Arizona had its fewest halftime factors (27) in two seasons underneath coach Tommy Lloyd and ran out of fuel after a late 12-2 run minimize the Cougars’ result in 5.
Azoulas Tubelis had 29 factors and 14 rebounds for Arizona.
Arizona acquired defensive whereas its high-octane offense dropped to fourth gear the earlier two video games.
As soon as the nation’s highest scoring and greatest taking pictures group, the Wildcats scored 139 mixed factors in opposition to Arizona State and Washington, profitable each behind their protection.
The Wildcats once more struggled offensively in opposition to Washington State, forcing up a number of contested pictures inside whereas going 1-for-8 from 3 within the first half.
Like he did in opposition to Washington, Tubelis was the one Arizona participant to have a lot of an offensive influence, scoring 15 factors on 5 of 11 taking pictures. 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 subsequent 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 stress, holding Washington State to 2 free throws in a little bit over 5 minutes, chopping 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 taking pictures group. The Cougars have been once more good from the arc and performed tremendous defensively to knock off a top-5 group on the highway.
Arizona must discover a approach to get its offense revved up once more. As soon as scoring greater than 90 factors per sport, the Wildcats have didn’t eclipse 70 in three straight video games for the reason that nonconference schedule ended. A drop within the AP Prime 25 is approaching Monday.
Up subsequent, Washington State hosts California on Wednesday, and Arizona performs at Oregon State on Thursday.
Reporting by Related Press.
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