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Cat Tracks: Wildcats beat Cougars, tie for Pac-12 lead

Washington State guard Mike Ladd, left, and Arizona forward Grant Jerrett (33) fight for a loose ball during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, at Beasley Coliseum in Pullman, Wash. Arizona won 79-65. (AP Photo/Dean Hare)

Sure, you could read the box score and know who won, but we all know that won't tell you everything that happened in a basketball game. So, we give you 'Cat Tracks', providing you with the analysis, quotes and notes from Arizona's February 2 win against Washington State. Arizona 79, Washington State 65.

The Good:

Mark Lyons scored a team-high 20 points and Solomon Hill added 18 (all in the first half) as the Wildcats completed the first sweep of the Washington schools on the road since the 2005-2006 campaign.

Hill went 6-for-10 from three-point range and had a career-high six three's.

The 'Cats finished the first half of Pac-12 play with a 7-2 record, tying Oregon for first place in the conference. Arizona is now 19-2 overall this season.

Arizona shot 47.4 percent from the field and was 14-for-16 from the free throw line. For the season, the Wildcats have shot 44.9 percent from the field.

The Bad:

Besides Hill's impressive shooting performance in the first half, the Wildcats struggled from downtown in the second frame. Arizona went just 2 of 12 from three-point range in the half.

Arizona's foul troubles kept Washington State alive in the second half. Without Kevin Parrom, who was ejected in the first half after committing a flagrant two foul, the 'Cats were short on the bench. Brandon Ashley fouled out while Lyons and Kaleb Tarczewski had four fouls a piece.


This was Arizona's fifth straight win over Washington State.

The Wildcats committed just nine turnovers against WSU. They have averaged 14 per game this season.

Arizona outrebounded Washington State 28 to 27.

Coming Up Next:

The Wildcats will next host Stanford on Wednesday, February 6. The game is scheduled to tip-off at 7:00 p.m. MST.

About the Author

School: Arizona State University

When you started with Bonneville Phoenix: December 2011, Intern Summer 2007
Favorite sports memory: Braves 1-0 win over the Indians in Game 6 to win 1995 World Series.

Favorite all-time athlete: Chipper Jones

Favorite sports movies: Slapshot and Field of Dreams


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