Jan. 22, 2011
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) - Arizona's Derrick Williams wasn't having a great shooting night against Washington State, but he made up for it with rebounds.
Williams had a career-high 19 boards, and added 17 points, as Arizona hung on to beat Washington State 65-63 on Saturday night. It was his seventh double-double of the season.
"I wasn't getting it done on the offensive side at the beginning, and had to show other aspects to my game," said Williams, who made just 4 of 13 from the field for the Wildcats (16-4, 5-2 Pac-10).
Klay Thompson missed a 12-footer at the buzzer that would have tied the game for Washington State (14-6, 4-4). Thompson, leading the Pac-10 in scoring at 22.9 points per game, was held to nine points on 4-of-16 shooting.
"You always want the ball in the hands of your best playmaker," said DeAngelo Casto, who led the Cougars with 17 points. "We shouldn't have been down two points with six or seven seconds left. He took a good shot."
Arizona shot just 36 percent in the game, but made 11 of 18 3-pointers and had a 40-30 rebounding advantage. Washington State shot 45 percent, but was just 4 of 20 from 3-point range and made just 9 of 17 free throws.
Arizona was coming off a loss at No. 20 Washington on Thursday.
"We're a Top 25 team and we didn't show that at UW," Williams said. "We wanted to make a statement up here."
The contest turned into a defensive battle between teams that each came in averaging more than 75 points.
"It was real physical down there," said Casto, who had six rebounds and four blocked shots.
Trailing by one at halftime, Washington State outscored Arizona 14-5 in the first eight minutes of the second half to jump to a 45-37 lead.
Arizona replied with a 10-2 run, and Jesse Perry's 3-pointer tied the score at 47 with 8:26 left.
Kyle Fogg sank a long jumper and Williams hit a pair of free throws for a 56-52 Arizona lead. Faisal Aden's 3 cut the lead to 56-55.
Jamelle Horne replied with a 3-pointer for Arizona. Reggie Moore hit a pair of free throws for the Cougars, but Horne hit another 3-pointer for a 62-57 Arizona lead.
Casto scored to cut Arizona's lead to three points with a minute to play.
Williams made a free throw for a 63-59 Wildcats lead, and Thompson scored on the other end for the Cougars.
Lamont Jones sank two free throws for Arizona to make it 65-61 and Casto made a layup for WSU with 22 seconds left which ended up being the final points of the game.
Fogg missed two free throws for Arizona, but Thompson missed and time expired.
In the first half, Casto had eight points as Washington State jumped to an 18-7 lead. The Wildcats made just three of their first 14 shots, but they hit five 3-pointers in the final 10 minutes of the half to take the lead.
Solomon Hill's 3 for Arizona tied it at 29 a minute before halftime. Williams completed a three-point play to give the Wildcats their first lead at 32-29.
Thompson's basket cut Arizona's lead to 32-31 at halftime. The Wildcats shot just 34 percent in the first but outrebounded Washington State 26-12 and had a 13-0 edge in second-chance points.