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Wildcats fall flat in Pullman

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Now you know why Arizona men’s basketball coach Sean Miller doesn’t want to talk about March.

The Wildcats got swept on their trip to Washington, falling 78-60 to Washington State on Saturday night in Pullman, Wash. It was the first time this season UA got swept in a Pacific-10 Conference series.

The team is now tied for second place in the conference with ASU, UCLA, USC and Washington.

The Cats at times looked as if they just didn’t want to be in Pullman. I know the feeling. I’ve been there in the winter.

Still, UA, at 6-5 in the league, 12-11, is just a game out of first place with home games next week against Oregon and Oregon State. WSU is 5-6, 15-8.

UA got off to a hot start, making five of its first six shots in grabbing a 12-4 lead, then cooled off, making 5 of 19 the rest of the half. Backup Brendon Lavender, who made all four of his shots against Washington on Thursday, went 0 for 3. The Cats took quick shots and only got three offensive rebounds in the half.

DeAngelo Casto, who had 16 points against UA last month, scored 10 in the first half, grabbed six rebounds and had two blocks. He finished with 19 points and nine rebounds. WSU outrebounded UA 36-24.

The Cats were down by 13 early in the second half, pulled within five at 40-35, but could get no closer. Derrick Williams led UA with 16 points.

The Wildcats return to action in an 8:30 p.m. game Thursday at McKale Center against Oregon. The game will be televised by Fox Sports Arizona.

“The Cats at times looked as if they just didn’t want to be in Pullman. I know the feeling. I’ve been there in the winter.”

Pac-10 standings

UA tied for second

  • California  7-4, 15-8
  • Arizona    6-5, 12-11
  • Arizona St. 6-5, 16-8
  • UCLA 6-5, 11-12
  • USC 6-5, 14-9
  • Washington 6-5, 16-7
  • Wash. State 5-6, 15-8
  • Oregon 4-6, 12-10
  • Oregon St. 4-6, 10-12
  • Stanford 4-7, 10-13

Up next

  • Oregon at UA, McKale Center, 8:30 p.m. Thursday
  • TV: Fox Sports Arizona

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