Despite not having Kadeem Allen due to a dislocated finger and losing Dusan Ristic for a half, Arizona defeated Washington State 78-59 on Thursday night.
Allonzo Trier and Lauri Markkanen scored to start the game, but Charles Callison came back and got four points of his own.
Josh Hawkinson scored and Parker Jackson-Cartwright made a free-throw. Ike Iroegbu got a bucket, but Rawle Alkins responded.
Malachi Flynn proceeded to make a three that put the Cougars up 11-7 at the media timeout.
Markkanen made a three, which was followed by a bucket from Callison. Chance Comanche then got on the board with a dunk.
Jackson-Cartwright and Hawkinson exchanged jumpers as Washington State led 15-14 with 11:22 left in the first half.
Flynn and Alkins exchanged threes before Robert Franks hit one. Comanche and Iroegbu then scored, but Markkanen hit two from the line.
Franks made a shot and Jackson-Cartwright responded with a three that cut the lead to 25-24 with under seven minutes remaining in the half.
Markkanen made two free-throws and added a bucket. Callison then scored and Ristic made a shot.
Iroegbu was able to score off a goal tend and Arizona’s lead held at 30-29 with just under our minutes left in the first half.
Markkanen made two free-throws and Comanche scored before a three by Trier forced a timeout with the Wildcats up eight.
Iroegbu scored, but Jackson-Cartwright made a three at the buzzer to give the Wildcats a 40-31 lead at the half.
Markkanen made two baskets to start the half, but Hawkinson made a three. Markkanen scored again and Flynn then made one from behind the arc.
Alkins scored and Iroegbu then completed a three-point play as the Wildcats led 48-40 at the media timeout.
Simmons hit consecutive threes and Keanu Pinder scored as Arizona built a 56-40 lead with 13:30 left.
Comanche and Franks exchanged buckets before Markkanen scored. A three by Jackson-Cartwright then extended the lead to 63-42.
Trier made a free-throw and Iroegbu scored before a basket by Alkins and Iroegbu gave Arizona a 66-46 lead with just under seven minutes left.
Iroegbu scored, but Jackson-Cartwright made another three. Franks scored and Alkins hit a three of his own before Iroegbu got another bucket.
Viont’e Daniels scored his first points of the game on a three-point play, but it did not matter much as Arizona cruised the last three minutes or so.