Arizona moved to 18-5 on the season and 6-4 in Pac-12 play with a 79-64 win over Washington State. Here's a closer look at what happened:
Player of the Game:
Ryan Anderson - The senior racked up his 11th double-double of the season and 31st of his career in the victory. Anderson finished the game with a career-high 31 points and 12 rebounds on the night. He also added a steal and an assist, but his defense was a question mark for stretches of the game. He was able to slow down Josh Hawkinson slightly in the first half, but helped completely shut him down in the second half.
* Arizona was unable to score efficiently for the first ten minutes of the game and Washington State was able to open a 17-9 lead. Anderson scored back-to-back buckets inside and Parker Jackson-Cartwright got an easy layup to pressure the Cougars. After some subsititutions, Mark Tollefsen put back a rebound off a long three to help the Wildcats tie the game at 17 and cap an 8-0 run.
* Even with the poor shooting for the Wildcats to start the game, Arizona was able to pull ahead to the largest lead of the first half right before heading to the locker room. On one of the final plays before the buzzer, Jackson-Cartwright found Justin Simon for a reverse layup in the lane that put Arizona up 39-30 at the half.
* The Wildcats opened the second half just how they ended the first. Leading 39-33, Arizona proceeded to go on another 8-0 run, fueled by two transition layups from York to break the game open. Washington State scored to break the streak, but York fired back with his second three ball of the game for a 50-35 lead and Arizona never looked back.
Stat of the Game:
0 - After dominating the game in the first half, Josh Hawkinson was completely shut down in the final 20 minutes of the game. The senior had 14 points and nine rebounds when both teams headed to the locker rooms, but was held scoreless afterwards. Hawkinson did pull down eight more rebounds in the second half, but only got off two shots and missed both of them.
“No team in the country is working harder to become better defensively than us.” Miller said.
"Washington has probably the best player in the Pac-12 right now in Andrew Andrews," Anderson said. "We know it is going to be another battle for us and it is going to be tough, but that is why we came to Arizona. We're trying to get a road sweep."null