Washington State men humbled in 60-25 loss to No. 1 Arizona
The Associated Press
TUCSON, Ariz. — An outstanding Arizona defense faced a weak, short-handed Washington State offense, and the result was a record-breaking victory for the top-ranked Wildcats.
Kaleb Tarczewski scored 11 and Arizona opened its Pac-12 season with a 60-25 rout of the Cougars on Thursday night, shattering the McKale Center record for fewest points by a team.
“They did a good job shutting us down,” the Cougars’ D.J. Shelton said in a major understatement.
The 25 points were the fewest for Washington State since it had that many at Idaho on Jan. 15, 1938.
The previous McKale record for fewest points was 37 by Northern Arizona in 1989.
The Wildcats (14-0, 1-0) took a 21-2 lead and were up 28-7 at halftime.
The Cougars (7-6, 0-1) shot 9 for 45 from the field and needed to make a series of shots late to reach that.
Washington State was without leading scorer DaVonte Lacy, who underwent an emergency appendectomy on Saturday. Junior Longrus led the Cougars with six points.
WSU was also without starter Dexter Kernich-Drew because of a concussion.
Washington State’s nine field goals were also a McKale record, breaking the previous mark of 13, also set by Northern Arizona in that 1989 game. So was the Cougars’ 20 percent shooting.
“Arizona jumped on us early and it never really ended,” Washington State coach Ken Bone said. “We weren’t playing an up-tempo game but a lot of that was due to Arizona’s defense. All the credit goes to Arizona and how solid they are in different areas of defending on and off the ball.”
The Cougars missed their first 16 shots before Royce Woolridge made a layup with 6:42 left in the half.
“It’s just hard to score on them,” Woolridge said. “They’re big in the paint and it was just really hard to score because they were so active. It’s a good learning experience, though, and we won’t let this happen again.”
Arizona plays Saturday against Washington.
“We have to be able to put this game behind us and be ready to go on Saturday,” Arizona coach Sean Miller said, “because clearly Washington is going to come in here with confidence.”