Four of the Washington State players on the court Saturday were not born the last time the Cougars beat Arizona. Two others were barely in diapers.
So the Cougars’ 70-63 victory over the 11th-ranked Wildcats -- at McKale Center in Tucson -- was downright historic.
The Cougars ended a 38-game losing streak to Coach Lute Olson’s Arizona team.
“I can’t remember the last time I was this happy,” said Thomas Kelati, who made a career-high seven three-point baskets and matched his career best with 27 points. “I returned to that locker room, coach was in tears, players were in tears. This feels good.”
Kelati’s last three-point basket with 50.4 seconds to play put the Cougars ahead for good, 66-63, then he secured the victory by making two free throws with 32.1 seconds left.
Washington State, 9-9 overall, 4-5 in the conference, last beat Olson’s Wildcats, 65-63, in overtime on Jan. 30, 1986, in Pullman. The Cougars also ended a 20-game losing streak in Tucson.
The Cougars scored the last seven points of the game after a steal led to Mustafa Shakur’s breakaway basket that tied the score at 63-63 with 1:12 left.
After Kelati’s last three-point basket, Salim Stoudamire missed a three-point attempt, then Kelati was fouled and made the two free throws to help give Dick Bennett his biggest victory in his two seasons as coach.
Arizona (17-4, 7-2) came out flat for the noon tipoff after an intense 91-82 victory over No. 10 Washington on Thursday night. That victory put the Wildcats alone in first place in the conference, but Washington can move back into a tie by winning at Arizona State today.
Stanford 88, Oregon 69 -- Matt Haryasz had career highs of 20 points and 20 rebounds, and the Cardinal (12-7, 6-3), which won its sixth in a row, improved to 6-1 at home. Stanford moved to within a game of first place despite losing its first three conference games.
Malik Hairston had 19 points for the Ducks (11-7, 3-6), who have lost their last 19 games at Maples Pavilion.
The Ducks haven’t won there since an 83-69 victory on Jan. 13, 1986.
Aaron Brooks had 11 points off the bench for Oregon.
Brooks didn’t start for the first time all season, a disciplinary measure by Coach Ernie Kent for arriving late for a pregame meal.
California 91, Oregon State 66 -- Richard Midgley returned from a shoulder injury to score nine points at Berkeley in the highest-scoring performance of the season for the Golden Bears (11-8, 4-5).
Cal had little trouble beating the Beavers for the 14th consecutive time -- the longest winning streak in the history of a series dating to 1915.
The Bears held the Beavers (11-9, 3-6) scoreless for more than 7 1/2 minutes in the first half, turning a five-point deficit into what turned out to be an insurmountable lead with a 20-0 run.
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Now that Washington State has ended its streak of losses to Arizona, here are the longest current Division I winning streaks over a single opponent, with the seasons in which the streak began and had its most recent game:
*--* Won Opponents First Last 39 Syracuse vs. Colgate 1963 2005 34 Marquette vs. Wis.-Milw. 1917 1999 33 North Carolina vs. VMI 1922 1997 28 Kansas vs. Kansas State 1994 2004 28 Syracuse vs. Cornell 1969 2005