The Arizona Wildcats held Washington State to record-setting offensive lows tonight in a 60-25 win to open their Pac-12 season at McKale Center.
The Cougars smashed the previous record low scoring mark of 37 put up by NAU on Dec. 6, 1989. Their nine field goals was also below the old McKale mark of 13 that was set twice the last by Bethune-Cookman on Nov. 23, 2010.
In addition, WSU’s field-goal percentage of 20.0 was also a record McKale low, breaking the mark of 20.3 set by NAU on Dec. 6, 1989.
The Cougars also scored their fewest points ever since they scored 25 at Idaho on Jan. 15, 1938.
The Wildcats were led by Kaleb Tarczewski, who had 11 points in his first game back since spraining his right ankle on Dec. 14 at Michigan.
the win moved Arizona to 14-0 and 1-0 in the Pac-12 while WSU dropped to 7-6 and 0-1.
The previous record for fewest combined points was 83, in Oregon’s 43-40 win over Arizona on Feb. 21, 1985.
The fewest combined field goals was 36, when Arizona and San Diego State each had just 18 on Dec. 23, 1982.
The previous McKale record for lowest field-goal percentage was 20.3 by NAU on Dec. 6, 1989.
After Arizona took a 28-7 lead in the first half, the early portion of the second half was more of the same. The Wildcats led 32-9 with 15:30 left, when the Cougars were just 1 for 7 from the field at that point after halftime.
The Cougars didn’t even break double digits until 12:21 remained in the game, when reserve guard Will DiIorio hit WSU’s first three-pointer in 10 attempts.
Later in the second half, WSU was held to a shot-clock violation, when UA led 45-14 with 6:52 left.
Shortly afterward, UA coach Sean Miller inserted walk-ons Eric Conklin, Drew Mellon and Jacob Hazzard. He did not use two scholarship players, however: Forward Zach Peters and guard Elliott Pitts.
In the first half, Washington State also set new McKale Center single-half records by making just two field goals and scoring just seven points while the Wildcats took a 28-7 halftime lead.
The previous McKale record for points allowed in a half was 11, and the record for field goals made in a half was four, both last set by ASU on Feb. 13, 1991.
Because Arizona scored just 32 points, the half also set a McKale Center mark for lowest combined scoring, with the 35 total points breaking the previous record of 37 set when Arizona and Oregon combined for 37 on Feb. 21, 1985.
The Wildcats entered the game with the No 12 ranking in field-goal percentage allowed, just 37.2, and stifled the Cougars into taking several desperation shots.
WSU shot 2 for 21 overall but the Cougars at least had an excuse. They were playing without leading scorer DaVonte Lacy, who had an appendectomy on Saturday, as well as forward Dexter Kernich-Drew, who was out with a concussion.
The Cougars went a full 13:18 before scoring a field goal, a layup from guard Royce Woolridge.
They missed their first 16 field goals and also struggled at the free throw line, making just three of their first eight.
Things were so bleak for WSU that when D.J. Shelton made the Cougars’ second field goal, also on a layup, a few sarcastic cheers of panic for the Wildcats erupted. Arizona still led 23-7 at that point.
Kaleb Tarczewski, in his first game back since spraining his right ankle at Michigan on Dec. 14, led the Wildcats in first-half scoring with nine points.
Arizona shot only 34.8 percent from the field but outrebounded the Cougars 23-16.
The McKale Center record for fewest field goals in a half was four, set twice, the last by ASU in the first half on Feb. 13, 1991.