Wildcats flatten Cougars
TUCSON, Ariz. — An outstanding Arizona defense faced a weak, short-handed Washington State offense, and the result was a record-breaking victory for the top-ranked Wildcats.
Kaleb Tarczewski scored 11 points and Arizona opened its Pac-12 season with a 60-25 rout of the Cougars on Thursday night, shattering the McKale Center record for fewest points by a team.
"They did a good job shutting us down," the Cougars' D.J. Shelton said in a major understatement.
The 25 points were the fewest for Washington State since the Cougars had that many at Idaho on Jan. 15, 1938. The previous McKale record for fewest points was 37 by Northern Arizona in 1989.
"Our goal all season was to be a top 10 defense," Arizona's Nick Johnson said. "I think we should push that to a top five and eventually the No. 1 defense in the country, because I think we have the tools to make it happen. This, I guess, is an example of what we can do."
The Wildcats (14-0, 1-0) took a 21-2 lead and were up 28-7 at halftime.
The Cougars (7-6, 0-1) shot 9 for 45 from the field and they needed to make a series of shots late to reach that.
Washington State was without leading scorer DaVonte Lacy, who underwent an emergency appendectomy on Saturday. Junior Longrus led the Cougars with six points.
"It was different because you don't see many games like this," Johnson said.
Washington State was also without starter Dexter Kernich-Drew because of a concussion.
Tarczewski, back after missing two games with a sprained ankle, was the only Arizona player to score in double figures.
California 69, Stanford 62.
At Stanford, Calif., Tyrone Wallace scored 20 points, Justin Cobbs finished with 18 points after hitting some big shots late and California beat Bay Area rival Stanford.
Richard Solomon added 14 points and 13 rebounds to power the Golden Bears (10-4, 1-0 Pac-12) inside after Stanford big men Dwight Powell and Stefan Nastic fouled out in the final minutes.
Washington 76, Arizona St. 65
At Tempe, Ariz., C.J. Wilcox scored 17 points, Andrew Andrews added 14 and Washington raced past Arizona State.
Washington (9-5) dominated almost from the start, building a 17-point halftime lead and extending it by doing almost whatever it wanted against Arizona State's defense.
The Huskies scored 42 points in the paint and had 11 offensive rebounds that led to 12 second-chance points.
Nigel Willams-Goss had 12 points and seven rebounds for Washington, which plays top-ranked Arizona on Saturday.
Arizona State (11-3) fell flat once Washington got rolling.