January 27, 2012 in Sports

Arizona hits 15 3-pointers to bury Cougars

By The Spokesman-Review
 
Associated Press photo

WSU’s Will Dilorio pressures Solomon Hill of Arizona.
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TUCSON, Ariz. – This was a loss the Washington State Cougars might feel for a while.

The game didn’t go so well, either.

But WSU’s 85-61 loss to Arizona at the McKale Center on Thursday night may not impact the Cougars’ season the same as the potential loss of senior guard Faisal Aden, who left the game in the first half after bending his left knee awkwardly while attacking the basket.

Coach Ken Bone said afterward that Aden has a sprained MCL in his left knee, but didn’t have any other details. It’s not yet known how much time he might miss, though Bone said he doubts Aden will be able to play Saturday against Arizona State.

Aden drove toward the rim against Jordin Mayes in the open court with about four minutes to play in the first half. Replays showed his left knee buckled badly as he took off. He was eventually helped to the locker room by two WSU staffers.

Aden scored 33 points against Stanford and 24 points against California in two WSU wins last week, performances that earned him Pac-12 Player of the Week honors.

Without him, the Cougars (11-9, 3-5 Pac-12) had little offense against an Arizona team that outmuscled them with aggressive man-to-man defense.

And with or without him, there was no combating a Wildcats team that made 15 of 26 attempts from 3-point range and assisted on 23 of 30 made field goals.

“The way Arizona played tonight,” Bone lamented, “I’m not sure it would have made any difference. But it definitely didn’t help us.”

“You can’t bank this loss on Faisal going down,” freshman guard DaVonte Lacy said. “We should have just stayed together. They came out and hit, what, 15 3s? And we only had 18 field goals. They shot the lights out.”

WSU struggled even with Aden on the floor, making just nine of 24 shots in the first half and finishing the game with a 34.6 percent field-goal percentage. But it was after Aden’s injury when the Wildcats (14-7, 5-3) really put this one away.

Brock Motum, who led WSU with 18 points, had a shot goaltended with 3:45 to play in the first half that pulled WSU within 28-24. But Arizona closed the half on a 14-3 run and led 42-27 at halftime, and no thoughts existed of the Cougars coming back after that.

Their biggest issue was defense, and a lack thereof. That was true with Aden and without him. Arizona guard Kyle Fogg keyed the run, making four 3-pointers in the first half to finish with 20 points.

“I thought they executed really, really well,” Bone said, “and there were times we did a pretty good job of taking away their interior, but their bigs were unselfish enough to just kick it out to their guards for shots.”

The barrage continued in the second half. Josiah Turner sparked a quick run that put Arizona ahead 48-29, and the Wildcats built their lead to 61-41 before WSU responded.

The Cougars used a technical foul against Turner to spark a seven-point possession with 10 minutes remaining, cutting the lead to 61-48.

Arizona’s next possession summed up the Cougars’ night. The Wildcats missed three jumpers – two of them 3-pointers – but rebounded each miss, and Solomon Hill wound up drawing a foul and making two free throws.

FGFTReb
WSUMinM-AM-AO-TAPFPTS
Motum314-1310-100-92318
Lodwick252-60-02-5006
Capers311-20-01-4242
Moore332-64-60-1439
Lacy242-102-30-0246
DiIorio80-11-22-2001
Aden113-50-00-2006
Shelton111-24-42-3026
Krnch-Dr141-20-00-0113
Enquist81-10-00-1012
Simon41-40-00-2002
Totals18-5221-259-32111861

Percentages: FG .346, FT .840. 3-Point Goals: 4-21, .190 (Lodwick 2-5, Moore 1-2, Kernich-Drew 1-2, Capers 0-1, Motum 0-3, Simon 0-3, Lacy 0-5). Team Rebounds: 3. Blocked Shots: 1 (Enquist). Turnovers: 17 (Motum 4, Capers 3, Moore 3, Lacy 2, Aden 2, Kernich-Drew, Shelton). Steals: 0 . Technical Fouls: Motum, Bench.

FGFTReb
UAMinM-AM-AO-TAPFPTS
Perry272-40-04-5314
Hill265-114-44-113217
Turner204-61-50-0439
Johnson282-82-20-4227
Fogg248-120-10-22220
Wise20-00-00-0000
Parrom233-51-20-4429
Mayes181-20-00-1322
Lavendr124-82-61-20114
Chol130-00-00-2030
Jacobsn30-10-00-0210
Crawfrd10-10-00-0000
Wpkng21-10-00-0003
Mellon10-00-00-0010
Totals30-5910-2012-37232085

Percentages: FG .508, FT .500. 3-Point Goals: 15-26, .577 (Lavender 4-5, Fogg 4-6, Hill 3-4, Parrom 2-4, Wiepking 1-1, Johnson 1-4, Crawford 0-1, Mayes 0-1). Team Rebounds: 6. Blocked Shots: 0. Turnovers: 9 (Chol 3, Johnson 2, Hill 2, Mayes, Turner). Steals: 9 (Mayes 2, Johnson 2, Hill, Turner, Perry, Parrom, Fogg). Technical Fouls: Turner 2.

Halftime—Arizona 42-27. A—14,138.


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