The Arizona Wildcats regained their long-range shooting touch with a season-high 15 three-pointers in an 85-61 win over Washington State tonight at McKale Center.
Kyle Fogg led the Wildcats with 20 points, having dropped 18 of them on the Cougars in the first half, when the Wildcats quickly moved past their frustrating 64-63 loss at Colorado last Saturday.
Arizona, which made only 3 of 20 three-pointers against the Buffaloes, hit 7 of 12 in the first half from three-point range and made 15 of 26 for the game. Fogg was 4 of 6 from beyond the line.
The 15 threes made was a season-high for Arizona, whose previous best was 14 made against St. John's on Nov. 17.
The win moved Arizona to 14-7 overall and 5-3 in the Pac-12. The Wildcats, who will host Washington in the second annual "white-out" game Saturday, are now 10-2 at McKale Center this season.
Washington State dropped to 11-9 and 3-5.
The Wildcats built a 42-27 halftime lead by making 7 of 12 three-pointers and coasted through the second half. They led by 28 points by the time Brendon Lavender hit three-pointers on successive possessions, the last making it 79-51 with 4:22 to go.
Lavender finished with 14 points while making 4 of 5 three-pointers.
The game was marred by a knee injury to Faisal Aden in the first half and by som four technical fouls, two of which were assessed to UA guard Josiah Turner and resulted in his immediate ejection with 10:06 to go.
Turner and WSU's Brock Motum were first called for offsetting technical fouls for arguing with each other and then Turner was called for a second technical when he pushed Motum hard.
The second technical earned Turner an ejection and he became the third Wildcat to be tossed in the past five games.
UA center Kyryl Natyazhko was thrown out against Oregon State for leaving the bench during a tussle with the Beavers and Solomon Hill was ejected for a second-level flagrant foul at Utah last week when he elbowed the Utes' Cedric Martin in the back of the head.
The other technical foul was called on WSU coach Ken Bone in the first half, when Bone appeared to be protesting a call against the Cougars' DeVonte Lacy.
Aden went down with four minutes left in the half. Aden averaged 28.5 points in WSU's wins over California and Stanford last weekend and was named the Pac-12's player of the week as a result.
In the first half, Fogg's 18 points helped UA take a 42-27 halftime lead.
Fogg was 4 of 6 from three-point range and 7 of 11 overall from the field, while the Wildcats hit 7 of 12 threes in total. UA made just 3 of 20 from beyond the arc in a 64-63 loss at Colorado on Saturday.
Fogg passed up a 13-footer on UA's final possession of the Colorado loss, dishing instead to Kevin Parrom, who missed a three-pointer.
He has hit his career high of 26 points twice, the last at ASU last season, while his season high is 23 points, coming against Oregon State two weeks ago at McKale Center.
The Cougars, who made just 1 of 7 from the field lost guard Faisal Aden to an apparent left knee injury with four minutes left in the half. Aden averaged 28.5 points in WSU's wins over California and Stanford last weekend and was named the Pac-12's player of the week as a result.
The Wildcats had only two turnovers in the first 25 minutes of the game and they finished with nine.
Fogg hit his fourth three to give UA a 37-25 lead with 1:50 left in the first half.
With 6 of 11 three-point shooting at that point, UA had already made double the three three-pointers they hit last Saturday at Colorado. UA up 37-25, 1:50 to go in first half.
Kevin Parrom then added a seventh three, to put UA up 40-27 with just over a minute to go.
Brendon Lavender hit 1 of 2 ensuing free throws to give UA a 26-18 lead.
Fogg hit his third three pointer to give UA a 23-18 lead entering a timeout with 7:55 left and Lavender followed with a three after the timeout to put UA up 26-18.
Arizona led 16-14 with 10:43 left. The Wildcats missed two layups and a dunk early, though Nick Johnson was fouled on the dunk and made two free throws.
Arizona led 11-10 at the first media timeout (14:14). Fogg had eight points already, hitting 2 of 3 threes.