PULLMAN, Wash. - The Arizona Wildcats were far from smooth, but they found what worked just in time.
Derrick Williams tied an Arizona Wildcats' school record for Pac-10 games with 19 rebounds and Jamelle Horne broke a shooting slump with three late three-point shots as the Wildcats hung on to beat Washington State 65-63 Saturday at Friel Court.
Meanwhile, with their offense completing only 36.8 percent of their shots from the field, the Wildcats managed to hold WSU standout Klay Thompson to just nine points on 4-for-16 shooting, and 1-of-7 three-point shooting.
Fittingly, it was Thompson who put up a final shot inside that missed just before the buzzer.
"We had the ball in the hands we wanted to, but it didn't fall," WSU coach Ken Bone said. "As good as Arizona's defense was I thought we'd hit some shots."
The win improved UA to 16-4 and 5-2 in the Pac-10, entering home games this week against UCLA and USC. It was the first time in three seasons that Arizona has not been swept in Washington.
"It was a good feeling," UA guard MoMo Jones said. "We pulled together and fought for it."
Washington State dropped to 14-6 and 4-4.
Williams not only tied the school record for rebounds by a Wildcat in a Pac-10 game, which was set by A.J. Bramlett against Stanford in 1997-98, but he also blew away his previous career high of 14 set against NMSU earlier this season. The UA record for rebounds in a game is 26 by Joe Skaisgir in 1962 and Bill Reeves in 1956.
The rebounding helped Williams compensate for an unusually poor 4-for-13 shooting night.
"I had to do it with rebounding, especially on the defensive side," Williams said.
Arizona led 63-59 with 40 seconds left before Thompson scored inside to pull the Cougars within two points.
Jones was fouled with 29 seconds left and hit both, giving Arizona a 65-61 lead. DeAngelo Casto scored inside to cut the lead to 65-63 but the Cougars then fouled Kyle Fogg at the 15.8-second mark - but Fogg missed both free throws.
A final Washington State possession failed when Thompson missed from about 5 feet away and time expired before the Cougars could get up a rebound shot.
Horne hit his first three-pointer with 5:07 left - his first field goal of the weekend - to tie the game at 50. Horne later returned with another three at the 2:15 mark to give UA a 59-56 lead. And then he hit another with 1:30 to go to give UA a 62-59 lead.
Horne was scoreless on Thursday at Washington.
"That was tough to put that behind me, especially when you put up that donut," Horne said, referring to his zero field goals. "Fortunately I did it with the three."
Williams picked up his fourth foul with 8:17 left when he slapped Casto, and he was immediately replaced by Kyryl Natyazhko for the next two minutes.
UA coach Sean Miller called for technical foul for arguing over no-call against Williams. But Thompson missed both ensuing free throws.
Thompson was having a rough night overall, making only 3 of 12 field goals and 1 of 6 threes through the first 28 minutes of the game.
After UA took a 32-31 halftime lead, Kyle Fogg hit his first field goal, a three-pointer, to cut WSU's lead to 36-35 after DeAngelo Casto (layup) and Reggie Moore (three pointer) scored to give WSU a quick 36-32 lead after halftime.
In the first half, after sputtering to an early 12-point deficit, Arizona used defense and rebounding to take a 32-31 halftime lead over Washington State.
The Wildcats finished the first half on an 8-2 run, giving up only a layup by Thompson in the final minute. They had trailed 18-7 and 22-10 earlier in the half before MoMo Jones, Jordin Mayes and Brendon Lavender hit three-point shots during the middle of the first half to help turn the game around.
Arizona outrebounded WSU 26-12 in the first half.
Fogg missed all four of his field goals but helped hold Thompson to seven points on 3-for-9 shooting and 1-for-5 three-point shooting.
Lavender's second three cut it to 24-22 WSU with 4:20 left in the first half and a later three-pointer from Solomon Hill with a minute left tied the game at 29. Then Williams converted a three-point play, picking up contact about eight feet from the basket, to make it 32-29 with under a minute to go.
Williams led the Wildcats in the half with nine points while Casto also had nine in the half for WSU, taking advantage of tentative defense against him.
After two media timeouts, Arizona had made just3-14 field goals and had four turnovers.
Williams hadn't been called for a foul at that point- he picked up a favorable side of a block/charge call - but he was easy on Casto, who had eight early points.
UA began the half by missing 5 of 6 field goals and giving up two turnovers through the first media timeout (15:10).
Meanwhile, Reggie Moore and Thompson bombed threes to give WSU a 10-2 lead at 15:50 of the first half.
Fogg entered the game feeling slightly under the weather but started against WSU.
• Who: UCLA at Arizona
• When: 7 p.m. Thursday
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