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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.

Noted:

• 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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