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.
Royce Woolridge scored 16 points and D.J. Shelton added 14 points and 13 rebounds for the Cougars who pulled away from the Delta Devils with a 53-point second half.
UTEP controlled the matchup with Washington State from near the midway point of the first half as it built a 28-17 halftime lead. The Miners never trailed in the second half, leading by as many as 16 points as they coasted to a double-digit road win. They shot 51 percent from the field, and went 15-for-20 from the free-throw line.
The second half was all Washington State as they outscored the Gators 37-19. The victory came on a neutral site — Kennewick, WA — and was just the first matchup between the two squads since 1991. The San Francisco Gators (4-3) reside in the CCAA, a Division II school in a conference with the likes of Chico State and San Bernardino.
Washington State (5-4) opened the game on a 10-0 run and never looked back. The Cougars would take a 41-26 lead into the break, watch the Waves make a run to close to within seven points with 6:43 to play, before ultimately pulling away in the end to win by 17.
DaVonte Lacy scored 23 points and D.J. Shelton added 10 points and 14 rebounds and hit two key free throws to help Washington State beat Idaho 67-66 Saturday.
Behind 200 rushing yards from Bishop Sankey and a couple of late interceptions from the defense, Washington overcame a 10-3 halftime deficit to win its 68th Apple Cup Friday, at Husky Stadium.
Amric Fields needed only one game to prove he is back. The 6-foot-9-inch junior came off the bench and scored 16 points and blocked a last-minute shot to help TCU beat Washington State 64-62 on Sunday.
Connor Halliday threw for 488 yards and four touchdowns as Washington State beat Utah 49-37 on Saturday to become bowl eligible for the first time since 2006.
Freshman guard Ike Iroegbu gave Washington State quite a boost when he came off the bench in a 90-74 loss at No. 13 Gonzaga.
Scenes from the Cougars vs. Bears game on Saturday, October 4.
Scenes from the Ducks game on Saturday, September 20.
Scenes from the WSU-Portland State game on September 13, 2014.
Scenes from the WSU-Rutgers game in Seattle.
Scenes from the October 31, 2013 matchup between the Washington State Cougars and Arizona State Sun Devils
Scenes from the October 19, 2013 matchup between the Washington State Cougars and Oregon Ducks.
Scenes from the October 12, 2013 matchup between the Washington State Cougars and the Oregon State Beavers.