Arizona 60, Washington State 25
Updated On: Jan 02 2014 11:26:40 PM CST
TUCSON, Ariz. -- The top-ranked Arizona Wildcats, in an historic defensive effort at McKale Center, defeated short-handed Washington State 60-25 on Thursday night.
Arizona, ranked No. 1 for the fourth consecutive week, was far too big and athletic for the Cougars, who set an arena record for fewest points scored in a game. The previous mark was 37, set by Northern Arizona in 1989.
WSU also set McKale Center records for fewest field goals in a game (nine) and lowest shooting percentage (20 percent, 9-of-45).
Washington State (7-6) did not reach double-digit points until Will DiIorio hit a 3-pointer with 12:17 left in the game. Arizona led 38-12 at that point.
The Wildcats have started 14-0 for the second consecutive season.
Arizona's offense was not great in a game that Washington State tried to slow down to a crawl. Only one player reached double figures in scoring on either team -- Arizona center Kaleb Tarczewski, who scored 11. Arizona freshman forward Aaron Gordon had 10 rebounds. Guards T.J. McConnell and Nick Johnson each scored eight points.
Junior Longrus led Washington State in scoring with six points. The Cougars even had trouble when no one was guarding them. They shot 5-of-13 from the free-throw line.
Arizona, coming off a 10-day layoff, was sharp from the start against Washington State, which played without leading scorer DaVonte Lacy, who is recovering from an emergency appendectomy performed Dec. 28.
Washington State guard Dexter Kernich-Drew, averaging 6.3 points, also was out because of a concussion.
The Wildcats took control with an 18-1 run to open the game. Arizona held the Cougars without a field goal until guard Royce Woolridge made a fast-break layup with 6:42 left in the first half to cut the lead to 21-5. Washington State, intent on using most of the shot clock against Arizona's man-to-man defense, missed its first 16 shots from the field.
Arizona, which entered the game allowing opponents to shoot just 37.1 percent, was so dominant that Washington State set three McKale Center records for offensive futility for a half: fewest points (seven), fewest field goals (two) and lowest field-goal percentage (.095).
Arizona led 28-7 at the break, holding the Cougars to 2-of-21 shooting.
NOTES: Arizona debuted a new video board above midcourt. It features four 12-by-19-foot screens plus LED rings above and below the screens. Coach Sean Miller called the new board "awesome" in how it contributes to the game atmosphere in 41-year-old McKale Center. ... Washington State freshman G Que Johnson started his second consecutive game in place of G DaVonte Lacy, who is averaging 18.9 points per game and is the team's top 3-point threat. ... Arizona 7-foot sophomore C Kaleb Tarczewski, who missed the previous two games because of a sprained right ankle, returned to the starting lineup. ... Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona, a former Arizona All-America outfielder who lives in Tucson in the offseason, sat courtside. ... Arizona will play Washington on Saturday. ... Washington State plays Sunday at Arizona State.
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