Arizona lost 78-76 to Washington State at McKale on Friday night due in large part to the play of the defense.
"Our team defense didn't allow us to get the win tonight," Arizona head coach Sean Miller said. "If you score 76 points and shoot 46% from the field, commit 10 turnovers, you need to be in the winner's circle, and if you're not, you're not a very good defensive team. Tonight we weren't at all."
Point guard Nic Wise, who led the UA with 15 points, shared Miller's sentiments.
"That was a game we needed to get stops," he said. "We were doing good things offensively, but we just couldn't get it done on the defensive end. When you're at home, you have to get stops when they count.
"We had to get stops when you need them. In the last eight minutes you have to buckle down. That's been our Achilles' heal all season."
With that being said, Derrick Williams does not think that should decrease confidence.
"I don't think it does, we only lost by two points and we actually played pretty badly in the last ten minutes, we couldn't get many stops. Losing by two points shouldn't shake our confidence at all," he said.
Still, Miller did not mince words when talking about the defensive effort Friday.
"The bottom line is we are a bad team defensively," he said. "It's like we have a slow cornerback defending a receiver who just runs right by him every time. We could not guard them. Some of the rebounds they got were just because we couldn't grab them."
Arizona loses at buzzer
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