Arizona Overcomes Late WSU Push

Arizona picked up their 18th win of the season when they defeated Washington State in McKale Center Thursday night by a score of 66-61. Arizona was in control the entire game, and even when Washington State made a late push, there was no question the Cats would prevail.

Arizona wanted to control the tempo of the game and avoid the slowdown offense that Washington State puts forth. The UA accomplished this early as they led by eleven at the half when the Cougars hit a last second shot to trim into the lead.

The game got a little out of hand when Washington St. went on an 18-8 run, and Arizona's 12 point lead quickly diminished. Despite the close score, the Cats were clearly the better team and there was little doubt that they wouldn't come away the victor.

One of the biggest stories of the night came towards the end of the first half as Hassan Adams blocked a shot and injured his shoulder. He would return to play in the second half, but he was ineffective clearly favoring the arm. All things told he ended the game with 12 points, and three rebounds, assists and steals in the game.

Mustafa Shakur showed up to play tonight as he hustled up and down the floor and was one of the most athletic players on the court. He tallied 13 points, five rebounds and seven assists in the game.

Ivan Radenovic's mother was in the crowd Thursday night, and he did not disappoint her as he added 12 points and four rebounds in 31 minutes.

One of the best performances of the night came from Marcus Williams who contributed 17 points and six rebounds of his own. He led the team in both categories. For WSU is was Kyle Weaver who added 12 points alongside Robbie Cowgill and Aron Baynes who both added five rebounds.

Overall, the UA shot 46% from the field compared to WSU's 42.4%. The Cats lost the battle of the boards however 38-29.

Arizona now looks ahead to Washington on Saturday. It will be the last home game for Hassan Adams, Chris Rodgers, and Isaiah Fox.

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