Pac-12 basketball: Arizona routs Washington State, 86-59

No. 7 Wildcats cruise after leading by 34 points at halftime

Brandon Ashley, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Kaleb Tarczewski each scored 17 points to lead Arizona to an 86-59 victory over Washington State 86-59 on Sunday night in Pullman, Wash.

T.J. McConnell added 14 points for Arizona (22-3, 10-2 in Pac-12 Conference). The Wildcats led by 34 points after the first half, but were outscored by the Cougars in the second.

“We had a tremendous first half,” Arizona Coach Sean Miller said. “We did what we needed to do in the second half. We weren't going to beat them by 30 in the second half.”

Dexter Kernich-Drew scored 20 points and DaVonte Lacy scored 18 for Washington State (11-14, 5-8), which was coming off a win over Arizona State on Thursday. The Cougars were done in by woeful shooting in the first half.

“Our first half defensive performance says a lot about our defense,” Miller said.

Ashley and Tarczewski “together had one of their best nights,” Miller said. “They really set the tone.”

Hollis-Jefferson, meanwhile, added 10 rebounds and made 8 of 9 from the field.

McConnell said it was difficult to maintain intensity when the Wildcats were up by 30 points.

“They started hitting shots in the second half that they did not make in the first,” McConnell said. “We were giving them open shots.”

at Colorado 64, Stanford 58: Askia Booker scored 16 points and his only basket of the second half was a three-pointer that helped the Buffaloes (12-12, 5-7) end a three-game skid and avoid their first three-game home losing streak since 2008-09. Stefan Nastic scored 24 points for the Cardinal (16-9, 7-5), which was held under 60 points for the second consecutive game.

Arizona State 78, at Washington 68: Gerry Blakes scored 23 points, including nine straight late in the second half, and the Sun Devils (13-12, 5-7) won on the road for only the second time this season and ended and eight-game losing streak against the Huskies. Washington (14-11, 3-10) dropped its seventh consecutive game, the longest losing streak of Coach Lorenzo Romar's tenure. Nigel Williams-Goss led the Huskies with 20 points.

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