Arizona Routes Cougars

Jan. 11, 2001

SPOKANE, Wash. -- For the third straight game, the Washington State men's basketball team suffered a cold spell for over seven minutes, and the Cougars saw their Pacific-10 Conference record fall to 0-3 in an 84-51 loss to 21st-ranked Arizona, Thursday.

Last week, the Cougars lost at USC and UCLA. Against the Trojans, USC outscored WSU 24-7 over 7:40 in the second half on its way to an 82-59 win. At UCLA, the Bruins used a 21-4 run over 8:13 in the first half to help post a 75-57 victory.

Thursday, WSU (6-6, 0-3 Pacific-10) trailed 18-15 with 7:44 left in the first half before Arizona closed the stanza with a 23-4 spurt to take a 41-19 halftime lead.

'When adversity hits, I'm not sure if we get tight or scared, but every week something happens and the other team goes on a run,' WSU head coach Paul Graham said.

Four Wildcats (9-5, 2-1) scored in double figures led by Gilbert Arenas' game-high 22 points. Loren Woods added a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds.

Michael Wright contributed 17 points and seven rebounds while Jason Gardner chipped in 16 points and six rebounds for the Wildcats, which won for the 31st straight time over the Cougars.

Senior Eddie Miller (Reseda, Calif.) led WSU with 12 points off the bench in the loss, the worst for the Cougars in the Spokane Arena.

Washington State hosts Arizona State at Friel Court Saturday at 3 p.m. The game will be televised by FOX Sports Net Northwest and FOX Sports Net Arizona.

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