Clark, Cougars hold off Wildcats
Tucson, AZ (Sports Network) – Ivory Clark scored 18 points as 18th-ranked
Washington State outlasted 20th-ranked Arizona, 72-66, in Pac-10 action.
Derrick Low scored 13 points and Kyle Weaver and Daven Harmeling each
contributed 12 for the Cougars (18-4, 7-3 Pac-10), who swept the season series
with Arizona for the first time since 1983.
Chase Budinger scored a game-high 19 points while Mustafa Shakur had 13 for
the slumping Wildcats (14-7, 5-5), who have dropped five of their last six,
including a 92-64 blowout to North Carolina on Saturday, the worst home loss
of the Lute Olson era.
After a Low three-pointer gave Washington State a 54-48 lead just under eight
minutes into the second half, the Wildcats, led by Marcus Williams and Shakur,
responded with a 9-2 run and took a 57-56 lead on Shakur’s two free throws
with 7:44 left in the game.
However, Harmeling’s jumper put the Cougars back up for good as Washington
State scored the next eight points to grab a 64-57 lead with 5:02 remaining.
Shakur’s trey brought Arizona within 66-63 with 2:16 left in the game and
after a Harmeling miss, the Wildcats had a chance to tie the game with
Williams and Jawann McClellan both missed on shots from beyond the arc that
would have evened the score, and Budinger was only able to hit 1-of-2 free
throws to make it a two-point game with 47.5 seconds remaining.
Harmeling answered with a three on Washington State’s next possession and
after two Williams free throws made it 69-66 with 13.4 ticks left on the
clock, Harmeling converted a three-point play to ice the game.
Down by a basket early, Ivan Radenovic and Budinger combined for nine straight
Arizona points to give the Wildcats an 11-4 lead less than five minutes into
the first half.
Washington State battled back to take the lead with a 9-1 run and a Chris
Matthews three followed by a Derrick Low jumper gave the Cougars a 29-24
advantage with just under four minutes left in the half. Williams’ tip-in
basket with less than a second remaining cut Arizona’s deficit to 36-33 at the
Williams finished with 12 points while Radenovic had 11 for the
Wildcats…Despite two losses to Washington State this year, the Wildcats
still own a 48-13 advantage in the all-time series.