Brandon Ashley, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Kaleb Tarczewski each scored 17 points as Arizona routed Washington State 86-59 on Sunday night.
Despite out-gaining Arizona 504 to 375 in total offense, Washington (6-5, 2-5) lost on a game-winning field goal by Casey Skowron as time expired. The loss was the Huskies third straight and moved the team to 0-5 against ranked opponents in 2014.
Frank Kaminsky had 28 points and 11 rebounds for Wisconsin, rallying the Badgers to a 64-63 overtime victory against Arizona to advance to the Final Four.
Arizona rallied to beat San Diego State 70-64 Thursday night and advance to the final eight of the NCAA tournament.
The final score really did not indicate just how competitive this Pac-12 conference contest was. Washington led for a good portion in this one, playing with a consistent effort that had been seldom seen from the squad this season.
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.
Washington (9-5, 1-0) built a 17-point halftime lead, 40-23, due in large part to its transition game. With Wilcox and Williams-Goss leading the way, the Huskies got up and down the floor to stress the Sun Devils defensively. Washington shot over 60 percent in the first half.
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.
Connor Halliday threw 25 yards to Isiah Myers for a tie-breaking touchdown with 2:15 to play to give Washington State a 24-17 upset over Arizona on Saturday.
It’s no surprise that Washington State’s receivers are productive in coach Mike Leach’s Air Raid offense. But it is a surprise that true freshman River Cracraft is among the best of them.