Arizona in unfamiliar territory under Sean Miller following 14-point loss to Washington State.
UA loses five straight for first time in 35 years
Arizona fell to Washington State 69-55 Saturday night and the Wildcats have now dropped five consecutive games for the first time since the 1983-84 season, which was Lute Olson's first year at UA.
Without freshman guard Brandon Williams (knee) for the third straight game, the Wildcats were led by Justin Coleman, who finished the night with a team-high 14 points. Freshman Devonaire Doutrive recorded his first double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds, both career highs, but the Cats shot 31 percent from the field.
Washington State's Robert Franks had 31 points after tying his career high with 34 at ASU on Thursday.
Arizona falls to a 14-10 overall record and 5-6 in Pac-12 play. Up next, the Wildcats will travel to Colorado and Utah next week.
Doutrive, Sean Miller and Ryan Luther spoke to the media following Saturday's loss. Arizona athletic director Dave Heeke also talked at halftime to discuss his support of the program.
Thoughts from the players
Ryan Luther and Devonaire Doutrive respond to Arizona’s 5-game skid: pic.twitter.com/67yipr6z8M— The Wildcaster (@TheWildcaster) February 10, 2019
Sean Miller on Arizona being without Brandon Williams (knee): “He’s one of our team’s best shooters. ... We really missed him.” pic.twitter.com/q6afhcNsEq— The Wildcaster (@TheWildcaster) February 10, 2019
Weathering the storm
Sean Miller on Arizona losing five straight: “This is certainly new, but it happens. These are the circumstances.” pic.twitter.com/2z0ad6mo9u— The Wildcaster (@TheWildcaster) February 10, 2019
Arizona's plan moving forward
What are the next steps for Arizona? Sean Miller: pic.twitter.com/vLhDo0m5mn— The Wildcaster (@TheWildcaster) February 10, 2019
Cats were unprepared for Cougars
Was Arizona prepared to battle Washington State tonight? Sean Miller: “If you want me me to say no, I will. No.” pic.twitter.com/ccXxRamNSO— The Wildcaster (@TheWildcaster) February 10, 2019
Heeke's support for Arizona hoops
Arizona AD Dave Heeke addresses the cloud surrounding UA basketball. “We support this basketball program, we support these players, support this coaching staff. ... We support Coach (Sean) Miller and the leadership of this program.” pic.twitter.com/6ZbhDP9sz0— The Wildcaster (@TheWildcaster) February 10, 2019
Heeke shows confidence in Miller, basketball program
Arizona AD Dave Heeke will not comment on the NCAA investigation involving former UA assistant Mark Phelps. “I remain confident in the program.” pic.twitter.com/Dr4vY6R9fh— Justin Spears (@JustinESports) February 10, 2019