Men's Basketball Falls To No. 11 Arizona, 86-51

Feb. 10, 2001

AP Sports Writer

TUCSON, Ariz. - Two nights after hearing boos from some in his homecrowd, Loren Woods had 18 points, six rebounds, five assists and four blockedshots as No. 11 Arizona routed Washington State 86-51 Saturday night.

Woods sat out the last 11:40, and no Arizona starter played the last 10:41as the Wildcats (17-6, 9-2 Pac-10) beat the Cougars for the 32nd time in a row.

Jason Gardner added 12 points, including three 3-pointers, six assists andno turnovers. Michael Wright and Richard Jefferson added 10 points apiece.

Washington State (9-12, 2-9), which ended its 31-game Pac-10 road losingstreak with a 57-56 come-from-behind victory at Arizona State on Thursday, wasno match for Arizona's quickness and size.

Milton Riley was the only Washington State player in double figures with 10points.

In a parade of layups, lob passes and stuffs, Arizona shot out to a 24-8lead and was up 49-27 at the half.

Time after time, the Wildcats found someone open for an easy basket inside.They also made 4-of-10 3-pointers in the first half after going 1-for-14 from3-point range in Thursday night's 82-62 victory over Washington.

In the first-half blowout, the Wildcats had 19 assists on 22 baskets andjust four turnovers.

After coach Lute Olson chastised the handful of people in the crowd whobooed Woods on Thursday, the 7-foot-2 center had one of his best games of theseason and heard nothing but cheers.

Woods, who called his recent play 'a joke' after the Washington game, had12 points, five rebounds, four assists and three blocked shots in the firsthalf.

Arizona scored the last six points of the first half, four of them by Woods.

Woods sank two free throws with 11:40 remaining in the game, then left forgood with Arizona leading 69-40.

The 35-point loss was Washington State's worst of the season, surpassing theCougars' 84-51 loss to Arizona in Spokane on Jan. 7.

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