Washington State Falls to Arizona in Conference Opener, 70-52
Dec. 29, 2005
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Hassan Adams scored 25 points Thursday night to lead Arizona past Washington State 70-52 in the Pac-10 Conference opener for both teams.
Marcus Williams added 15 points for the defending Pac-10 champion Wildcats (8-3). Derrick Low led Washington State (7-3) with 11 points.
Washington State trailed 24-22 before Adams scored six points to key an 11-4 Arizona run in the last three minutes of the first half. The Wildcats' 35-26 halftime lead grew to 49-32 after Adams scored the last 10 Arizona points of a 14-6 Wildcats' spurt to open the second half.
The Cougars followed with 10 unanswered points to pull within seven at 49-42, but WSU never drew closer.
The Wildcats extended their winning streak to six and ended Washington State's winning streak at three.
Arizona outrebounded Washington State 47-27, led by guards Mustafa Shakur (nine) and Adams (eight). Adams hit 11 of 22 shots from the field and tied for the team lead with four assists and three steals.
The Wildcats shot 42.6 percent from the field and limited WSU to 33.3 percent. That's a season low for the Cougars and for an Arizona opponent. Low hit three of five attempts from 3-point range, but was 0-for-8 inside the arc.
The victory was Arizona's 40th in its last 41 meetings with Washington State.