Arizona struggled for most of its game against Washington State Thursday night, but pulled away late in the second half for the 79-62 victory at McKale.
Josh Hawkinson and Dusan Ristic scored to start the game. Kobi Simmons and Conor Clifford did the same, as another bucket by Ristic gave the Wildcats a 6-4 lead at the media timeout.
Allonzo Trier and Malachi Flynn both hit a three before Simmons hit one. Robert Franks made two free-throws and Chance Comanche got on the board.
Charles Callison and Comanche scored as Arizona led 16-11 with 10:33 left in the first half.
Franks made a free-throw, but Lauri Markkanen made two straight shots from behind the arc to force a timeout with Arizona leading 22-12.
Flynn hit a jumper, but Kadeem Allen scored. Clifford and Ristic then exchanged baskets as Arizona’s lead held at ten.
Clifford scored two straight buckets before Comanche got one. Viont’e Daniels then scored and Trier went one of two from the line as the Cougars cut the lead to 29-23 with 3:48 left.
Clifford made one free-throw and Rawle Alkins responded with a three. Flynn and Hawkinson then scored to get the Cougars to within four.
Trier scored, but Ike Iroegbu nailed a three. Markkanen then made a three of his own before Allen and Hawkinson scored as Arizona led 39-33 at the half.
Clifford and Iroegbu started the half with buckets and Flynn added one as well. Alkins then scored and Ristic made a free-throw to put Arizona up three.
Allen made two free-throws, but then fouled Iroegbu on a three and he made each free-throw. Trier proceeded to score to put Arizona up 46-42 with 14:06 left.
Clifford and Trier both scored before Callison and Comanche did the same. A bucket by Callison then brought the Cougars to within two.
Markkanen made two free-throws and Trier and Ristic added a score each to force a timeout with the Wildcats up 56-48 with 9:20 remaining.
Hawkinson made a three and Iroegbu scored to get the Cougars right back in it. However, Ristic and Alkins got a bucket to bring the lead back to seven.
Trier made two free-throws and Alkins hit a three. Clifford then scored, but Markkanen made one from behind the arc.
Alkins and Clifford hit a pair of free-throws each, but Ristic scored and Trier hit a three to put the Wildcats up 75-57 with about three minutes left.