Coach Lorenzo Romar said his team did a good job of keeping its mind tonight on Arizona State and not Arizona. But within minutes of the final buzzer, the Wildcats suddenly became that all-important "next game" and Romar and the Huskies were free to look to the 3 p.m. Saturday date that could sink or raise their hopes of a Pac-10 regular season title.
"This one’s over," Romar said. "Gotta get prepared for this Arizona game."
"I would say this is a big game. The next one is always your biggest one. And I always say, like Arizona State, if we lose this that became a big game. Your next one, for whatever reason is huge. And Arizona is leading our league right now, they’re playing very good basketball, they’re playing at home. This is our last game on the road in the Pac-10. There’s a lot at stake on our end: We’re trying to get to the NCAA tournament. This is a big game."
And because it is, here is our story on the WSU-Arizona game; and below are some WSU notes on their loss to the Wildcats:
Washington State at No. 12/13 Arizona – Feb. 17, 2011 – Tucson, Ariz. (McKale Center)
Final Score: No. 12/13 Arizona 79, Washington State 70
Washington State Notes:
* Klay Thompson led the Cougs with 30 points…first 20-point game since scoring 25 against Washington (Jan. 30)…fourth 30-plus point performance of the season and 15th 20-plus point performance of the season. * Thompson passed Don Collins and holds third on WSU’s all-time scoring list…he now has 1,568. * Thompson tied his season high with five 3-pointers made. * For the first time since Jan. 30 against Washington (in five games), Thompson reached double figures in the first half…just the second time in the last nine games…11th time overall this season. * DeAngelo Casto’s 14 points is tied for fourth-most all-time for WSU among birthday performances (Casto celebrated his birthday today)…tied for most against a Pac-10 foe. * Casto has reached double figures in nine of WSU’s last 11 games. * Brock Motum had a personal Pac-10 high six rebounds…career high is seven done twice. * Twenty-four of Arizona’s 79 points came from the free throw line…finished 24-for-26 from the free throw line. * WSU suffered its first sweep of the season, lost both to Arizona.