Published: Tue, February 12, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Washington State hands Arizona Wildcats fifth straight loss, 69-55

Washington State hands Arizona Wildcats fifth straight loss, 69-55

Oregon State's Tres Tinkle, Colorado's Tyler Bey and Washington State's C.J.

Make it an unexpected desert sweep for Robert Franks and the Washington State Cougars. But Elleby was fouled on a 3-point try, made all three, and the Wildcats never seriously threatened again.

The Washington State Cougars came into this game with a 7-16 record overall, at just 2-10 in conference play and losers of their last seven games and gave the visiting Wildcats fits all afternoon in the Cougars narrow 90-88 win on Saturday afternoon. That being said, Hurley should have this team motivated and this game is the best chance for Washington to drop one in league play. "We just couldn't get over the hump". "The key thing now is to keep it at that level now that know, have seen and experienced the blueprint". In fact, they led the whole first half despite the Arizona Wildcats tying it up several times.

"We're fully supportive of the coaching staff, the leadership of the basketball program", Heeke said via ESPN.

Washington shot 36.8 percent from the field - its second lowest of the season.

The Wildcats again were without freshman guard Brandon Williams with an ankle injury.

The Arizona Wildcats have lost five straight games for the first time since Lute Olson's first year with the Wildcats in 1983-84, losing 69-55 to Washington State at McKale Center on Saturday.

"Man it feels good, it feels unbelievable", he said.

"My teammates - I just give hats off to them", Franks said.

Miller said the Wildcats "didn't really have an answer for Franks".


The Huskies have certainly played easier games on the road.

After coming off of an emotional win over Washington two days before, Arizona was not able to wrap up its Washington road trip with both wins, as Borislava Hristova and Chanelle Molina combined for 65 points on the afternoon to power the Cougars to an upset victory over an Arizona team that looks to be on the bubble regarding the upcoming NCAA tournament. However, Elleby knocked down a pair of free throws to return the lead to double digits.

Junior center Chase Jeter added 12 points in the game before fouling out.

Arizona State went 3 for 28 from the 3-point arc. Five straight points by Coleman cut the lead to 30-21 before Franks sank a 3 at the halftime buzzer to make it 33-21.

Franks almost outscored Arizona in the first half, scoring 20 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the field, including 6 of 8 from 3-point range.

With under 13 minutes to play the Cougars had a 16 point lead.

Luther 3-9 2-2 11, Jeter 0-5 0-0 0, Smith 3-8 2-2 10, Randolph 1-6 0-2 2, Coleman 5-14 3-4 14, Lee 2-3 0-2 4, Doutrive 3-8 4-8 10, Barcello 2-6 0-0 4.

Matisse Thybulle was 1 of 6 shooting for three points.

Franks should be a safe bet for Pac-12 player of the week and Washington State is nobody's pushover if the Cougars can match these types of performances, beginning with a home game next week against Pac-12 leader Washington.

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