Wildcats easily defeat Cougars

Arizona had an impressive first half and never looked back as it blew out Washington State on Thursday night. Read on for a more complete look at the game.

Arizona knew that it needed to bounce back from its heartbreaking loss to Colorado last weekend.

It did just that and more.

The Wildcats shot over 55 percent from three as it defeated the Cougars 85-61 at McKale on Thursday.

Washington State opened up a quick 5-1 lead behind a basket from Brock Motum and three by Abe Lodwick. However, Kyle Fogg came back with five straight points to give the Wildcats the lead. The teams then exchanged baskets a few times before two free throws by Reggie Moore gave the Cougars the 12-11 lead with about 14 minutes left in the first half.

Jordin Mayes then came back with a two-pointer and a three by Kevin Parrom forced a timeout, as Arizona led 16-12 with 11:25 left in the first half. Washington State scored and was answered by Jesse Perry and that process was repeated a few times until Fogg hit his third three-pointer of the game to make the score 23-18 in favor of Arizona with under eight minutes left in the first half before a three by Brendon Lavender extended the lead to eight.

Arizona maintained that eight-point lead until Motum hit a jumper to cut the lead to six. Unfortunately for Washington State, Aden hurt his left knee and would have to be helped off the court with under four minutes to go and six points in the scoring column. Arizona's lead nine with a nice mid-range jumper by Fogg and the Wildcats saw their lead grow to 37-25 with Fogg's 18th point of the first half.

Motum hit two free throws to bring it back to ten with under two minutes to go in the first half, but Parrom brought it right back to 13 with a three-pointer. A Josiah Turner layup extended the lead to 15 at the half.

Marcus Capers scored a quick two to start the half, but Josiah Turner came back with six straight points and after an exchange of baskets, Arizona's lead was at 16 with 16:45 left in the second half before a three-pointer by Solomon Hill made it 53-34. Lodwick hit a three-pointer and not too long after, Arizona went into the media timeout up 53-37 with 14:53 left.

A few minutes later, Arizona was able to get the lead up to 18 after a basket by Fogg and Parrom. Davonte Lacy came back with a dunk, but Lavender answered with a three kept Arizona up by 19 and in complete control of the game.

However, the Cougars then went on a little run, led by a three-pointer from Moore, two free throws by Motum, and then a jumper by Moore, as Washington State cut the lead to 61-48 with 9:24 left. Hill then ended the run with two free throws and a layup to push the lead back up to 17. A couple of minutes later, Hill hit an open three-pointer and Arizona led 70-49 with 7:40 left in the second half before adding yet another with a little over six minutes left.

With a little over four minutes left, Lavender hit two consecutive three-pointers and Arizona went up 79-51 to basically end the game.

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