Notebook: Arizona vs. Washington State

Arizona came up with a huge win over Washington state on Thursday. Read on for a closer look at how the Wildcats got it done.

Arizona found itself in a tough battle in Pullman on Thursday, but the Wildcats ultimately came out on top of Washington State 76-72. With the win, the UA extends its winning streak to five games and put a little pressure on the other four squads battling for Pac-12 supremacy.

The Cougars gave Arizona all it could handle, as Brock Motum virtually had his way on the offensive end of the floor. Fortunately for the Wildcats, the Wazzu big man missed several key free throw attempts down the stretch and allowed Arizona to come away with the victory. UA's upperclassmen paced the Wildcats' offense and did just enough to prevent the Cougars from pulling off the upset.

  • Senior Brendon Lavender led Arizona in scoring with 17 points. The guard was on fire from long range as he shot 5-for-7 from behind the three-point line. His offensive presence in the second half was huge for UA in the victory and helped the Wildcats to spread the floor.

  • Kyle Fogg had another solid outing, scoring 16 points, grabbing 10 rebounds and dishing out three assists. The senior played with a lot of fire and had another strong performance on the defensive end of the floor along the perimeter.

  • Jesse Perry battled his way to 14 points and went a perfect 4-for-4 from the foul line. The senior only grabbed a pair of rebounds – both on the offensive end of the floor – but he battled in the paint and made Washington State's defense work hard under the basket.

  • Solomon Hill had his typical, solid all-around performance. The junior scored 11 points, grabbed five rebounds and dished out five assists in the winning effort. Hill was very efficient shooting the ball, going 5-for-7 from the floor and his overall play continues to keep UA's offensive together.

  • Arizona held just enough of an advantage in certain areas of the game in order to pull off the win. For example, UA dished out 16 assists as a team while Washington State compiled just 11.

  • The Wildcats went 9-for-19 (47.4 percent) as a squad from three-point range. The Cougars, on the other hand, connected on just seven out of 21 attempts (33.3 percent) from beyond the arc.

  • Wazzu shot well – 50 percent – from the field, but it still wasn't enough to defeat Arizona. Part of the reason is that the Wildcats shot just a shade better than the Cougars at 52 percent.

  • Arizona allowed Motum to score 28 points as the junior was lights out from the field. Unfortunately for Wazzu fans, Motum missed four out of five shots from the foul line late in the game and really hindered the Cougars' chances at victory.

  • The victory moves UA to 10-4 in conference play with four games remaining. A win in Seattle would be huge for Arizona and could possible put the Wildcats in the driver's seat for the Pac-12 crown.

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