Notebook: Arizona vs. Washington State

Arizona was able to easily defeat Washington State on Thursday night. Read on for a closer look at why that is.

Arizona won running away Thursday night in a 85-61 victory over Washington State at McKale Center. The Wildcats took an advantage in the first few minutes of the contest and never looked back. Wazzu did its best to keep the game close in the early going, but ultimately the Cougars were unable to handle UA's offensive attack. The win moves the Wildcats to 14-7 overall and 5-3 in conference play.

Three-point shooting was essential for Arizona in the victory. Several Wildcats connected on multiple shots from beyond the arc and Washington State didn't have much of an answer on the other end of the floor. The Cougars were not nearly as successful from long range and it prevented them from putting up more of a fight down the stretch.

  • UA went 15-for-26 (57.7 percent) from behind the three-point line as a team. Six different players knocked down shots from beyond the arc and helped spread the floor. The Wildcats proved, once again, that they are a very tough team to compete with if they are able to connect efficiently from the outside.

  • Arizona did a much better job of handling the ball than Washington State on Thursday night. UA dished out 23 assists as a team while committing just nine turnovers. On the flipside, the Cougars compiled just 11 assists while coughing up possession 17 times. The inability to match Arizona's efficiency controlling the ball hindered Wazzu's chances of staying within striking distance late in the second half.

  • Kyle Fogg led all scorers with 20 points and shot the ball extremely well from the floor. The senior went 8-for-12 overall and 4-for-6 from three-point range and showed no hesitance when getting an open look. Fogg also did a solid job once again on the defensive side of the ball along the perimeter. Washington State shot just 19 percent from three-point range and Fogg's presence was crucial in keeping the Cougars in check.

  • Solomon Hill earned himself another double-double with his 17 point, 11 rebound effort on Thursday. The junior really picked up the slack in the second half where he was able to connect from beyond the arc three times and draw several fouls. Hill kept the UA offense rolling after Josiah Turner was ejected for picking up his second technical foul. After the freshman's departure, Hill made sure to push the ball up the floor and Arizona didn't miss a beat.

  • Before Turner was tossed for shoving Brock Motum, the point guard was helping the Wildcats extend the lead to a big margin. Some impressive defense and drives to the basket led to a strong night for Turner. He finished with nine points, four assists and a steal on the evening.

  • The sharp-shooting of senior Brendon Lavender proved to be another thorn in the side of Wazzu on Thursday. The guard concluded the game with 14 points mostly due to his dead-eye shooting from deep. Lavender went 4-for-5 from three-point range as he was one of Arizona's deadliest options from deep on the night.

  • Kevin Parrom added a spark off the bench once again. The junior's physical health continues to progress in a positive direction and that reflected in his play on Thursday. Parrom went 3-for-5 from the floor (2-for-4 from beyond the arc) on his way to a nine point evening. He also added four rebounds and four assists in one of his better all-around performances of the season.

  • While Arizona was able to come away with a convincing victory, it wasn't a perfect performance by the Wildcats. UA struggled mightily from the charity stripe, where it connected on just 10 out of 20 attempts. Arizona did well enough in virtually every other department in order to overcome its shortcomings at the free throw line, but Sean Miller and his staff can't be happy with the team's performance at the line regardless of the game's outcome.

  • Defense played a huge part in the Wildcats victory, especially in the second half. The 17 turnovers were only a part of UA's success on the defensive side of the ball. The Wildcats held the Cougars to just 34.6 percent shooting for the contest (just 32.1 percent over the final 20 minutes).

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