Arizona Wildcats Fall Short In Showdown With Washington

Arizona struggled to score consistently in the second half.

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Arizona Wildcats Go Cold In Second Half, Fall To Washington Huskies

The Arizona Wildcats held tough throughout the first half and parts of the second, but the team simply could not knock down an outside shot against the Washington Huskies as they 79-70. The loss snapped a five-game winning streak for the UA and likely ends any chance they had at a regular season conference championship.

The story of the game was rebounding, or a lack thereof. The stats may show Washington only out-rebounded Arizona by five (40 to 35), but they simply dominated the glass. The team had 18 offensive rebounds and got numerous chances to score on seemingly every possession.

Tony Wroten was unstoppable for the Huskies and ended with 22 points and nine rebounds. Terrence Ross led all scorers with 25 points and made 11 of his 12 attempts from inside the arc. Arizona played stellar defense behind the arc, holding the opposition to 3-for-18 shooting.

Nick Johnson padded his stats late with a few 3-pointers and led Arizona with 20 points. Solomon Hill continued to play well, recording a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Jesse Perry added 13 points and Kyle Fogg contributed 11 of his own.

A tough loss for the Wildcats, but not one they cannot overcome. Next up for Arizona will be the lowly USC Trojans on Thursday evening.


Arizona Wildcats Locked In Heated Matchup With Washington Huskies

The Arizona Wildcats and Washington Huskies have a history of closely-contested games that go down to the buzzer. With the two programs locked in a battle with huge Pac-12 conference implications, the 'Cats trail the Dawgs by a score of 39-37 at the break.

Arizona got off to a strong start, something they desperately needed to do after struggling early against Washington St. and Utah in the last week, but the Huskies responded with a big rally capped off by two free throws courtesy of a Sean Miller technical foul.

Aziz N'Diaye, who clocks in at seven-feet tall and nearly 260 pounds, grabbed a loose ball around mid-court. The center grabbed the basketball, passed it forwards to himself -- which is illegal and a travel -- and then somehow got all the way to the basket for a dunk on only two dribbles. No travel was called. Miller was understandably furious and received a technical, something the head coach seldom does.

The Wildcats battled back but simply could not come up with enough defensive stops to take the lead. Brendon Lavender continues to be on fire from behind the arc and hit two of this three attempts, while Kyle Fogg led the way with nine points. Solomon Hill had seven points and five rebounds. Jesse Perry and Nick Johnson both added six a piece.

Terrence Ross led all scorers with 15 points, but he picked up a second foul late in the half that kept him out of the final few minutes. Freshman guard Tony Wroten had 10 points and five boards, while Abdul Gaddy added six of his own.

The second half is about to begin and the winner will be in prime position to win the regular season conference title.

For more on the Wildcats, head on over to AZ Desert Swarm.


Arizona vs. Washington TV Coverage, Start Time, Radio And More

The Arizona Wildcats will be squaring off with the Washington Huskies in just a few hours with a huge chance to gain a game in the conference standings. It will be very tough for the UA to come away with the win, especially with a raucous atmosphere expected at Hec-Ed Pavilion, but it can be done assuming the entire shows up on Saturday.

One interesting aspect of the game will be the start time. Tipoff is set for noon from Seattle, which is 1 p.m. in Arizona. How will the college players respond to the early start? Arizona began their game last week against Utah at a similar time and they appeared to be sleep walking throughout most of the first half. That simply cannot happen this afternoon if they hope to win.

FOX Sports Net will be providing the national telecast. Most of you in the area can find the action on FSN Arizona with Steve Calabro and Marques Johnson calling the action. On the radio, 1290-AM The Source will provide the action as Brian Jeffries and Matt Muehlebach provide the play-by-play and color commentary.

This is a huge game for the Wildcats and will truly tell how far this team has come during their five-game winning streak.

For more on the team, head on over to Arizona Desert Swarm.


Arizona Wildcats Face Showdown With Washington Huskies

The Arizona Wildcats will be playing their biggest game of the season to-date on Saturday afternoon as they take on the Washington Huskies in Seattle. The UA sits one game back of Washington in the standings and a road win would likely solidify their seeding for the NCAA Tournament. The Wildcats will have revenge on their minds after falling at home to the Huskies at the buzzer.

Arizona fans are well-acquainted with these Huskies, seeing as their last three matchups have literally come down to the final second. Derrick Williams came up with a game-saving block in the first meeting, only to be outdone by Isaiah Thomas in the Pac-12 Tournament championship game. In 2012, the Huskies hit two late free throws and swatted away a layup at the buzzer to secure the victory.

Washington is led by point guard Tony Wroten, who is a finalist for being the best freshman in the country. Terrence Ross and C.J. Wilcox flank him on the wings and both are capable of filling up a stat sheet in a hurry. Ross and Wilcox both shoot the ball very well and can score in a variety of ways. Big man Aziz N'Diaye has been battling a wrist and knee injury, but he continues to be effective and will likely give the UA problems with his size and length as he did in the previous contest.

Neither team is particularly deep, especially with the injuries to Kevin Parrom and Jordin Mayes, so fatigue could definitely become an issue down the stretch. Look for head coaches Sean Miller and Lorenzo Romar to be very methodical with their timeouts, especially with the game likely to be played at a high tempo.

This is a huge game for Arizona and the team can ill-afford to fall behind early as they did in the previous matchups with Utah and Washington St. The Wildcats need to limit turnovers in a hostile road environment and protecting the defensive glass is an absolute must if they hope to have any chance to pull out a victory.

Tipoff is set for noon in Washington, which is 1:00 p.m. in Tucson.

Bear Down.


Arizona Wildcats Knock Off Washington St. 76-72, Win Streak Up To Five Games

The Arizona Wildcats came up big against the Washington St. Cougars on Thursday night and pulled out the road victory by a score of 76-72. The team battled foul trouble throughout the game, but a strong team effort and huge performance from Jesse Perry down the stretch led to the UA's tenth victory in conference play.

Brendon Lavender continued to be a threat off the bench and hit five 3-pointers as he ended with 17 points. Kyle Fogg recorded the first double-double of his career with 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Perry added 14 in just 21 minutes of play. Angelo Chol battled foul trouble for most of the contest, but had a productive night with eight points and three rebounds off the bench.

Brock Motum had a huge night for the Cougars and ended with 28 points and five rebounds. Despite his heroics in the second half, the junior forward missed two of his three free throws with less than a minute remaining and was 3-for-9 in the second half. Point guard Reggie Moore also played very well, scoring 21 points and dishing out four assists.

The Wildcats improved to 10-4 on the season with the win and await the outcomes of the Washington, California and Oregon games. Sean Miller and the coaching staff will now turn their full attention to the Huskies, who loom on Saturday afternoon.

For more on the 'Cats, head on over to AZ Desert Swarm.


Arizona Wildcats Hold Slight Lead Over Washington State At Halftime

The Arizona Wildcats desperately need a win on Thursday night to keep pace with the rest of the Pac-12. In an unexpectedly high scoring contest thus far, the UA leads the Washington St. Cougars by a score of 40-39 at the half. The game is currently being televised by Fox Sports Arizona.

The Wildcats shot well in the first half and were led by Kyle Fogg and his 10 points. Freshman point guard Josiah Turner asserted himself early and has eight points, while both Angelo Chol and Brendon Lavender have six points each off the bench. Arizona played just seven players in the half due to injuries to Kevin Parrom and Jordin Mayes.

Washington State shot nearly 52% from the field and built an early 11-3 lead in the opening minutes. Brock Motum and Reggie Moore led the way with 11 and 10 points, respectively. Abe Lodwick and Marcus Capers both added six points a piece.

The second half is about to get underway.

For more on the Wildcats, head on over to AZ Desert Swarm.


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