Cougars Come Up Short Against No. 2 Arizona
By NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS
Associated Press Writer
PULLMAN, Wash. - Jason Gardner scored 19 points as No. 2 Arizona beatWashington State for the 36th straight time, pulling away for a 75-62 victorySaturday night.
Arizona (18-2, 10-1 Pacific-10), which needed overtime to beat Washington onThursday, remained unbeaten in six conference road games this season.
The Wildcats have not lost to Washington State since Jan. 30, 1986, a17-year winning streak that is the longest currently in the Pac-10.
Washington State (5-15, 0-11) played with tremendous intensity, but lost its11th consecutive game and 18th straight in conference play.
Milton Riley led the Cougars with 19 points before fouling out in theclosing minutes.
Arizona led by seven points at halftime, but the Cougars rallied and tied itat 54 on Jerry McNair's 3-pointer with 7:12 left.
The Wildcats then outscored Washington State 13-2 over the next 5ï¿½ minutes,starting with Hasson Adams hitting a pair of free throws and a layup and LukeWalton scoring on a goaltending call and free throw.
Washington State has now lost 37 consecutive games to ranked opponents,dating to 1997. The Cougars are 1-63 against Top 5 teams, dating to 1980.
The Cougars are playing without Marcus Moore, the second-leading scorer inthe Pac-10, who is out for the rest of the season with an ankle injury. Moorescored 35 points, the most by any Wildcats opponent this season, when theCougars lost 82-69 at Arizona earlier.