Akinjo, Arizona pull away from Washington State 69-53

TUCSON (AP) — James Akinjo scored 19 points and Arizona shut down Washington State, pulling away for a 69-53 victory yesterday.

Bennedict Mathurin added 14 points for the Wildcats (16-8, 10-8 Pac-12 Conference), who won the first meeting 86-82 in double overtime. Azuolas Tubelis had nine points and nine rebounds. Akinjo had six rebounds, four assists and four steals.

Arizona led 28-24 at halftime

The Wildcats had a solid offensive performance in a game where the Cougars slowed the pace. They shot 50 per cent and had a 40-32 rebounding advantage but the real difference was on the defensive end where Arizona shut down Washington State’s top scorer and hottest scorer.

TJ bomba scored 12 points and Dishon Jackson 10 for the Cougars (14-11, 7-11).

Noah Williams, who had a school record 72 points in two games last weekend, was held to eight points on two-of-15 shooting, one of eight from three-point range. Isaac Bonton, who averages 18.4, was held to three in 19 minutes in his first game back after missing three games with an ankle injury.

The Cougars ended up shooting seven of 28 behind the arc and 20 of 63 overall (31.7 per cent).

Arizona’s Terrell Brown Jr gets squeezed into a miss by Washington State’s Dishon Jackson and Isaac Bonton. PHOTO: AP