WSU had 13 points off the bench while
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WSU came out in the second half like it had in the first ?- shooting well ?- and hit six of its first seven shots to extend a three-point lead to 48-40 in the first four minutes. UA stayed that close with some decent shooting of its own, but had trouble closing down the Cougars’ outside attack.
The Cats got a dunk from Williams to slow the onslaught, and after a minute or so cut another point off the lead when Budinger made one of two free throws. After a defensive stop, Budinger caught a pass on the wing from Shakur on the break and stuck a three-pointer to close within two, 48-46, and force a quick timeout by WSU coach Tony Bennett with 13:03 left.
WSU’s shooting stayed hot. The Cougs answered with a three by Rochestie, but UA got a loose-ball bucket from Budinger to stay within three points. But Low answered with a three to keep WSU up by six, 54-48, which held to a timeout at the 10:55 mark.
By that point, WSU’s second-half shooting (8-for-13) had pushed its game rate to 55 percent compared to
Williams made one of two free throws on one visit to the line, and then made one of two on another to make it WSU 54-50. The Cougars got a jump hook from Aaron Baynes to stop a two-minute scoring drought. Shakur’s two bonus shots a moment later kept it a four-point game.
WSU’s shooting cooled somewhat, and
A minute later, at 7:44, Shakur drove and drew a foul to send himself to the line coming out of a media timeout. He put UA up for the first time in the half, 57-56., capping a 7-0 run.
But Harmeling knocked down a jumper to put WSU back on top, and after a UA turnover, Ivory was fouled on a put-back try and made both free throws for a 60-57 WSU lead with 6:38 remaining.
Robbie Cowgill got open off a screen for a jumper, and just over a minute later,
The Cats got a free throw from Shakur and little else until Shakur hit the three-pointer to cut the lead to three, 66-63, with under two minutes left.
WSU got a big offensive rebound by Weaver to give it a second-chance shot, but UA got a steal from Shakur with just over a minute left.
The Cats got two two missed three-pointers, from Williams and McClellan, but Budinger rebounded the latter and earned two free throws, making one to cut the lead to two 66-64, with 45 seconds left.
Harmeling’s three pushed the Cougs on top by five, but Williams hit a pair of free throws to make it a three-point game with 13 seconds left. The Cats had fouls to give, and couldn’t send WSu to the line, and Harmeling got free for a breakaway layup to put the game out of reach, 71-66, with seven seconds left. He made a bonus shot for the final score.
WSU opened the scoring and a 4-2 lead, but Radenovic scored a three-point play to give
Both teams went cold for a couple of minutes, with the first media timeout at 15:59 showing that score, with Radenovic at the line. He made both free throws for a five-point lead.
The Cats got another rebound and McClellan found Budinger, again alone under the basket, for another layup and an 11-4 lead.
Harmeling bounced in a jumper to trim it to five points, but McClellan drove and dished to Jordan Hill for a close-in bucket to push it back to seven. UA missed two opportunities to extend the lead, and Low got himself to the line for a pair of free throws to cut the margin to 13-8, starting a Cougar 15-7 run over the next five minutes.
Shakur found Williams deep on a break for another layup, but Weaver answered for WSU to make it 15-10
Williams again got free underneath and Shakur fed him for another layup, but Rochestie nailed a three at the other end to cut the lead to four, 19-15, with just under 10 minutes left in the half.
Chase Budinger. Photos by Luke Adams
Harmeling’s jumper put WSU back on top, 21-20, but
WSU’s shooting edge, 52 percent to 42 for UA, kept the Cougs steady despite a decent edge on the boards by the Cats, and Low underscored it with a drive for a close-in layup and a five-point lead.
McClellan’s three-pointer just around the three-minute mark but the lead to two and stopped a 10-5 WSU run.
The rest of the half was offense and not much defense. Low hit a three to make it a five-point lead, but Williams had a dump-off to Radenovic for another close-in UA bucket. Ivory
UA coach Lute Olson called timeout with