Postgame Analysis: Arizona vs. WSU

Arizona won easily on Thursday night 60-25. Read on for a closer look at how the Wildcats won, including the player of the game, key moments, and more.

Arizona started strong and never looked back on Thursday night. The Wildcats looked impressive in a 60-25 win over the Washington State Cougars. Here's an analysis of what happened:

Arizona Player of the Game:

Kaleb Tarczewski – Coming off of an injury is never easy, but Tarczewski did it well. After missing two games with an ankle injury, he was back to his normal self, finishing with 11 points and grabbing 3 rebounds. The big man also blocked a shot and didn't favor his ankle at all throughout the night

Key Moments:

  • Arizona opened the game with a 7-0 run and it really set the pace for the game. Arizona was helped out by baskets by Nick Johnson and T.J. McConnell in addition to its performance at the line.

  • With just under seven minutes remaining in the first half, Washington State scored its first field goal of the night as Royce Woolridge scored on a layup and allowed the Cougars to get over the hump and finally start hitting some shots.

  • With five minutes left in the game, Eric Conklin checked into the game for Arizona alongside Matt Korcheck. It was the earliest that he had checked in all season and gave the Wildcats time to clear the bench with a 50-17 lead.

    Stats of the Night:

    13:18: It took Washington State 13 minutes and 18 seconds to score on Thursday night. During that span, the Cougars went 0-16 from the field and 3-8 at the free throw line. They finished the first half with just seven points on two field goals. Both were record lows in McKale Center for a single half.

    General Thoughts: If you were looking for another dominating performance from Arizona on defense, you got your wish. The Wildcats did a tremendous job stopping Washington State from scoring and it showed, as they were able to coast for most of the game.

    One thing that Arizona did struggle with was the offensive side of the ball. Arizona shot just wound up shooting 44 percent, but struggled in the first half with eight turnovers. It was also one of Arizona's lowest scoring games of the season.

    While the Wildcats struggled in some aspects, it was nice to see Brandon Ashley have a strong game. The sophomore forward finished with 7 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists. He played strong defense throughout the night and his intensity stayed up, even with a big lead. It was a game that showed how far he has come in the past year.

    Sean Miller Quotable:

    "One of the things that was different tonight for us is Washington State was playing zone on their missed shots," Miller said. "We haven't faced a lot of those. We've faced different types of defenses, but they went strictly to the zone for almost 25 minutes of the game."

    Wildcat Quotable:

    "What we do is focus on one defensive possession at a time," Gordon said. "Maybe with about seven minutes left I looked up and there was probably one point on there, but I think that everyone noticed that. It's not really something that you see, but you can't pay attention it, you just have to keep playing defense like we always do."

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