(1090 The Fan) — A short-handed and over-matched Washington State squad suffered a dominating 60-25 defeat at the hands of the No. 1-ranked Arizona Wildcats in the McKale Center.
Kaleb Tarczewski scored 11 points while much-hyped freshman Aaron Gordon grabbed 10 rebounds to go with his five points, as Arizona (14-0, 1-0) got contributions up and down its roster to win the Pac-12 conference opener for each university.
Leading-scorer DaVonte Lacy (appendicitis) and Dexter Kernich-Drew sat out against Arizona, leaving the Cougars down two regular starters. Considering the obvious talent discrepancy coming in, those losses certainly didn’t help.
The undefeated Wildcats used a clear advantage in size, length and athleticism to overwhelm the Cougars, Thursday night. Arizona features a front line of 6-foot-9 forward Gordon, 7-foot center Tarczewski and 6-foot-8 forward Brandon Ashley, considerably bigger than the unit that the Cougars typically feature.
With that being the case, the Cougars didn’t hit double digits on the scoreboard until just over 12 minutes remained in the game. The team was out-rebounded 42-28 and finished a dreadful 20 percent (9-of-45) from the field against the long Arizona defense.
Junior Longrus had six points to lead the Cougars offensively.
Washington State (7-6, 0-1) will have to find a way to regroup quickly as it heads to Tempe, Sunday to play an Arizona State squad coming off a disappointing home loss to Washington.
-Anthony Dion, 1090 The Fan
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