Cougars snap 38-game losing streak against Wildcats
=== Cougars snap 38-game losing streak against Wildcats ===
Tucson, AZ (Sports Network) – Thomas Kelati nailed a three-pointer with just
under a minute remaining to snap a tie and propel Washington State to a 70-63
victory over 11th-ranked Arizona at the McKale Center.
Kelati finished with 27 points on 9-of-14 shooting from the floor, including a
7-of-11 effort from beyond the arc. He also pulled down seven rebounds.
Derrick Low had 13 points and Robbie Cowgill added 12 for the Cougars (9-9,
4-5 Pac-10), who snapped a 38-game losing streak against the Wildcats.
Mustafa Shakur netted 12 points for Arizona (17-4, 7-2), which had a five-game
winning streak halted. Salim Stoudamire, Channing Frye and Ivan Radenovic each
contributed 11 points for the Wildcats. Radenovic also pulled down 10 boards.
Chris Henry’s layup with 13:58 remaining in the second half staked Washington
State to a 45-41 lead.
Arizona then countered with a 10-0 burst to grab a 51-45 advantage with
9:22 remaining. Hassan Adams sparked the run with a slam dunk following a
steal in the backcourt.
The Cougars battled back and regained the lead at 55-54 on Low’s three-pointer
with 5:36 left. The game remained tight and Shakur’s dunk with 1:13 remaining
tied the contest at 63-63.
On the next possession for Washington State, Kelati hit a three-pointer to
give the Cougars the lead for good with 52 seconds left.
Frye then missed a three-point shot and Kelati got the rebound and was fouled.
He proceeded to make both attempts from the line to make it 68-63 with 32
Stoudamire then misfired from beyond the arc to seal the Wildcats’ fate. Low
and Jeff Varem each hit a free throw to account for the final margin.
The Cougars took control early, scoring 10 of the first 15 points of the game.
Low had six points on a pair of three-pointers during the surge.
After the teams traded baskets, Arizona used a 10-4 spurt, capped by Daniel
Dillon’s layup, to take a 17-16 advantage with 8:31 left in the first half.
The Wildcats later led 24-22, before Washington State went on an 8-2 run,
ignited by another three-point shot from Low, to move back in front by four.
Arizona then scored the next eight points, including four by Stoudamire, to
grab a 34-30 lead, but Varem drained a three-pointer in the closing seconds to
pull the Cougars within one at the intermission.