Arizona Defeats Washington State, 84-51
Jan. 11, 2001
By NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS
Associated Press Writer
SPOKANE, Wash. - Gilbert Arenas let his play do the talking.
The Arizona guard made all six of his 3-pointers and scored 22 points as the21st-ranked Wildcats Arizona beat Washington State 84-51 on Thursday night.
Arenas declined to speak with reporters after the game.
His teammates were also low key as the Wildcats posted their 31st straightwin over Washington State dating to 1986, and showed why they were ranked No. 1at the beginning of the season.
'This is what this team should have been doing all along,' said centerLoren Woods, who scored 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. 'We ran the fastbreak and got out and played the passing lanes.
'Gilbert is going to continue to have games like that,' Woods said.'
Arizona (9-5, 2-1 Pac-10), coming off a loss to No. 1 Stanford, hit 9 of 133-pointers and shot 54 percent in the game. Woods and Michael Wright, who alsoscored 17 points, punished the Cougars inside.
'That was as good of a performance as we have had in a while,' saidinterim head coach Jim Rosborough, who has led the Wildcats since Lute Olsontook a leave of absence last month to care for his wife Bobbi. Bobbi Olson diedlast week.
Arizona is 2-3 under Rosborough, and 6-5 in its past 11 games.
Washington State (6-6, 0-3) lost its third straight and hit a season low inpoints. The Cougars have failed to score at least 60 points in each of theirPac-10 losses.
'Sometimes they just might be trying too hard to get it done,' coach PaulGraham said. 'We showed some signs, but we still have a long way to go.'
Washington State took advantage of some poor early shooting by Arizona tostay with the Wildcats, trailing 14-13 with 8:55 left in the first half afterEddie Miller's long jumper.
But Arizona went on a 27-6 run, including four consecutive 3-pointers - twoeach by Arenas and Jason Gardner - to go ahead 41-19 at halftime. The Cougarsnever threatened after that.
'Young kids when things start going bad have a tendency to drop theirheads,' Graham said. 'You can't drop your head in this game.'
The Cougars were having trouble dropping their shots. They made just 29percent of their field goals in the game, including 3 of 21 from 3-point range.
Arenas had 13 points in the first half, and made all five of his 3-pointersin a nine-minute span around halftime to bury the Cougars. He sat out much ofthe second half.
Mike Bush, the Cougars leading scorer at 18 points per game, was scorelessin the first half and finished with nine points.
Miller led Washington State with 12 points and eight rebounds.
It was Washington State's worst loss ever in the Spokane Arena, where theyplay several home games each season.