With a limited number of games left this season, the Arizona Wildcats need to make the most of every minute they get to play.
Terrell Brown Jr. . 3 hands with 12. 5 seconds into the second overtime was the winner of the game and helped Arizona knock out the undefeated Washington State Cougars 86-82 on Saturday night.
In the ultimate # Pac12AfterDark way, Terrell Brown bet on a game-winning 3 to lift Arizona past Washington State in a double OT. picture. Twitter. com / lhfC3Llc0O
It was the fourth straight win for the Wildcats and the ninth straight win in Pullman, but it was far from easy. Bad problems for the forecourt and bad shooting all around – with the exception of the newcomer Bennedict Mathurin – made for a stressful 50 minutes of basketball.
Mathurin made two free throws with a 9. 2 seconds left to freeze the win, which gave him a career high of 24 points and 11 rebounds in 8-of-12. He was 6 of 7 off the line when Arizona (9-1, 3-1 Pac-12) made 25 of 32 free throws while WSU (8-1, 1-1) was a sad 19 of 37 off the line, including 5 of 14 in the two OTs.
Arizona had a chance to win in regulation but got no shot despite the ball for final 23. 8 seconds while Isaac Bonton of WSU, who had 25 points but shot 23 shots, missed a 3-pointer in the final moments of the first overtime.
The UA shot 37. 3 percent, which is only 36. 7 percent of his shots in regulation, and was only 5 out of 22 out of 3. Leading scorer Jemarl Baker Jr. . had the worst night of his UA career, missing 13 of 14 shots and all nine 3-point attempts while James Akinjo had 18 points on 7-of-18 along with five rebounds and six assists.
Terrell Brown of Seattle finished the race with 15 points, four rebounds and two assists, but saw his long run of not turning the ball.
Arizona was halfway ahead 29-27, only for the last two seconds of the first 20 minutes, during which almost twice as many free-throw attempts (29) were made as in baskets (16). .
An Akinjo jumper increased the lead to four, but then the WSU scored 12 of the next 14 points, including seven in a row, and led at 15:55 to 39-33. Along the way, Jordan Brown recorded his third foul, Christian Koloko got his fourth and Ira Lee caught his third, while Terrell Brown made his second turnover of the night after having only three in the first nine games.
Koloko and Lee would be out at some point while Jordan Brown sat for the final 3:49 of regulation and didn’t play in either OT, finishing with five points and three rebounds in 18 minutes.
The UA went up with a 7-0 run, which was crowned by a 3-point game by Azuolas Tubelis, and scored 44:41 with 11:14. That came after Sean Miller made one of his textbook calls with angry time off and blushed in the crowd.
Terrell Brown’s pull-up from the foul line gave the Wildcats a 51:45 lead with 9:15, but then volume shooter Bonton scored five straight hits to reduce the lead to one. Bonton’s drive put the Cougars back in the lead at 56:54, the first of five leadership changes in the next 94 seconds.
Bonton’s 3-point game with 4:03 left put WSU to 63-59 only to see Arizona go back 64-63 after Mathurin lost three free throws with 3:10 left. Andrej Jakimovski gave the Cougars the lead with a triple 66-64, then the teams swapped baskets before Akinjo connected them 1:14 at 68.
Mathurin put the Wildcats on a 70-68 putback within 36 seconds, then the WSU knotted them on a layup by Efe Abogidi at 23. 8 seconds left and Arizona couldn’t get a shot in regulation.
Terrell Brown had the first and last point in Arizona in the first overtime, his ride at 11. 4 seconds left at 76. The Wildcats flipped it four times in that five-minute period, after flipping it just seven times in the first 40 minutes.
Arizona went into the game more than three minutes before scoring a goal, taking Washington State 6-0 ahead and finishing at 18-11 after a five-minute drought without a basket before Akinjo linked up with Mathurin for an alley. The Cougars led up to eight players in the first half between 10 p.m. and 2 p.m. before the Wildcats finally started taking offense.
Mostly in the form of fouls, especially during a 10-2 run, the UA gave the first lead two seconds before half-time. Akinjo pulled a foul in the crowd but before he could go to the line WSU coach Kyle Smith was hit by a technician and Jordan Brown made two technical free throws before Akinjo drained a pair to give the Wildcats a 29-26 lead to give.
The UA returns home to the McKale Center Thursday night to face USC. The Trojans are 1-1 in the Pac-12 game after they split a homestand against the Rocky Mountain Schools.
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