Postgame Analysis: Washington State

The Arizona Wildcat capped the homestand with a win over Washington State. The Cougars fell by seventeen points and trailed most of the night. Here is a closer look at what happened.

The Arizona Wildcats came out with full effort, pulling away from Washington State early. The Wildcats beat the Cougars 73-56 to remain in a tie for first place in the Pac-12. Here's an analysis of what happened.

Arizona Player of the Game:

Kevin Parrom – The senior was a player that stood out in the victory on Saturday. The Wildcats had an all-around performance for the most part, but Parrom was just one level above everyone else.

The forward hit a career-high five three pointers en route to nineteen points. He was also nearly flawless from the field, missing just a single trey attempt and a free throw. Parrom added seven rebounds in the winning effort as well.

Key Moments:

  • Eleven minutes in the game, the Wildcats finally started rolling. Grant Jerrett hit his second three of the game, giving his team an eleven-point lead. Solomon Hill added a jumper the next time down the court to cap a 14-2 run for Arizona

  • With just three minutes gone in the second half, Mark Lyons stole the ball from Brock Motum and eventually scored on a layup at the other end. It opened up the largest lead for Arizona at 22 and extended another streak for the Wildcats at 11-2.

  • The Cougars were clawing their way back into the game late in the second half. With just eight minutes left in the game, Washington State had cut the Arizona lead to just eleven. That was when Parrom started to catch fire. The senior hit three straight long balls over the next few possessions, extending the Arizona lead to 16.

    General Thoughts:

    Having Parrom in the starting lineup has been paying dividends for Sean Miller. The senior is coming out of the gates with great energy. On Saturday, he hit two three-pointers early and set the tone for the game. The game remained close for several minutes, but Arizona wasn't at a disadvantage early like it had been at other times.

    In addition, the play of the offense in general has been great for Arizona over the past two games. The team was moving fluently against WSU and had very few trips down the court that ended in a desperation long ball as the shot clock was winding down. Given, there is still room for improvement, but the offensive end of the ball is back on the right track after having a rough patch over the past few weeks.

    Finally, it needs to be mentioned that Kaleb Tarczewski played one of his better, if not best, games in an Arizona uniform. Washington State isn't a top tier team this season, but Motum and D.J. Shelton are both decent big men, especially playing against a freshman. Tarczewski had twelve points on the day, setting a new career high for himself.

    The biggest part of those twelve points is that he was four of five from the free throw stripe. The center also had poor moments, getting stripped on the post a few times, but logged quality minutes overall and showed signs of greatness.

    Sean Miller Quotable

    "Kevin Parrom's effort in the second half, we really needed him to step up and make shots. And he did. The percentage that he shot in Pac-12 play is not reflective of who he is as a shooter. It's up to us to give him good shots, and it's up to him to take the good shots.

    "When he does, we just know that essentially that percentage will go up. With his 19 points, that's why we are starting him. As you can see, a senior late in February with a lot at stake, I don't know where we would be in this game if Kevin didn't play the way he did."

    Wildcat Quotable

    "I'm selfish; I don't want to share with anybody," Parrom said. "I'm a senior and I want to cut down the nets on senior night. We want to do what we do because we can't control what the other team does. The next few games we have to buckle down on defense and play consistent."

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