Stone Gettings gets first double-double to lead Arizona over WSU
PULLMAN, Wash. — Stone Gettings scored 19 points, Nico Mannion added 14 and Zeke Nnaji had 10 to lead Arizona to a 66-49 victory over Washington State on Saturday night.
Gettings shot 8 of 13 from the field and had 12 rebounds for his first double-double of the season. The senior, who averages 5.6 points per game, transferred to Arizona after three years at Cornell. After playing just seven minutes due to foul trouble against Washington on Thursday night, Nnaji added 10 rebounds for his eighth double-double of the season and seventh in the last ten games.
It was the eight consecutive win for Arizona (15-6, 5-3 Pac-12) in Pullman, avenges last season’s 69-55 home loss to the Cougars, and is the Wildcats’ first Pac-12 road sweep in more than a year.
After jumping out to an early lead, Washington State (13-10, 4-6) struggled with the length and athleticism of the Wildcats. The Cougars were outrebounded 49-36 and shot just 37% from the field, including 3 of 18 from beyond the arc. Washington State had shot over 40% from 3-point range in its five previous games.
CJ Elleby, who put up a career-high 27 points and a last second 3 to beat Arizona State on Wednesday, was held to seven points on 2-of-12 shooting. Isaac Bonton had 15 points to lead the Cougars.
Washington State went on a 9-0 run midway through the first half for a 13-6 lead. After that the Cougars went cold and Arizona heated up. The Wildcats had a 20-4 run that was highlighted by a breakaway dunk from Mannion. Washington State was held scoreless for six and half minutes during the stretch and trailed 32-23 at the break.
Arizona slowly pulled away in the second as the Cougars couldn’t get a stop when they needed one. The Wildcats outscored Washington State 34-26 in the second half.
Arizona: Despite having a less than stellar shooting night, the Wildcats were comfortably in control for most of the game to complete their first road sweep in more than a year.
Washington State: After an impressive victory against Arizona State, the Cougars went cold midway through the first half and couldn’t hang with the Wildcats, one of the best offensive teams in the country. This is their second Pac-12 home loss of the season.
Arizona: The Wildcats host Southern California on Thursday. Washington State: The Cougars host Washington on Feb. 9.