The Cougs’ struggles on the road continued as they lost 85-61 to Arizona and lost one of their key contributors.
Senior Faisal Aden, who has led WSU as of late, was hurt with about four minutes remaining in the first half with an apparent knee injury. He never returned to the game.
Head Coach Ken Bone shook up the starting lineup for the game in the game as senior Abe Lodwick got the nod instead of fellow senior Charlie Endquist.
The game largely went back and forth early on as neither team could separate itself.
Arizona’s Kyle Fogg was the catalyst for the Wildcat offense early on as the guard scored 11 of their first 23 points, hitting three of his first four three-point attempts.
Following an offensive rebound by Arizona’s Jesse Perry, Bone was called for a technical foul because of a foul on freshman Davonte Lacy.
As Arizona led 30-22, Aden left the floor with the help of trainers for the knee injury. Following a fast break, Aden cut to the hoop but his knee buckled under him and he immediately went down to the floor in pain.
Arizona extended their lead to 42-27 at halftime, due in large part to a 14-3 run following Aden’s injury.
Fogg continued his hot play during the first half as he led all scorers with 18 points on 7-11 shooting from the floor.
Brock Motum led the Cougars at the break with 10 points along with three rebounds.
The Cougars simply couldn’t defend the three-point line during the first half as the Wildcats shot a sizzling 58 percent (7-12) from downtown. WSU, on the other hand, shot only 1-7 from downtown.
Arizona held advantages in nearly every statistical category as they outrebounded the Cougs 16-12, including six offensive boards and they dished 11 assists compared to WSU’s four.
The second half was much of the same for the Cougs as they simply looked outmatched by the Wildcats. Arizona continued their hot play as they extended their lead to 57-39 with 12 minutes remaining.
The game got chippy with about 10 minutes to play as Arizona’s Josiah Turner was ejected after a pair of technical fouls, including a double technical on Turner and Motum.
The Cougars could not get the game within 11 points again as Arizona ran away with the game en route to a 85-61 loss.
WSU shot a dismal 35 percent from the game, compared to Arizona’s 50 percent shooting from the floor and 55 percent from three-point range.
The Cougs now sit at 11-9 and 3-5 in the Pac-12. They will return to the hardwood on Saturday for a match-up with Arizona State.