The Cougars (8-1, 1-1) fall to Arizona (9-1, 3-1) by a score of 86-82 in double overtime, giving WSU their loss of the season.
WSU started the game four men short, with sophomore forward DJ Rodman, sophomore center Volodymyr Markovetskyy, sophomore guard Ryan Rapp and redshirt freshman Brandon Chatfield all ruled out for this game due to COVID-19 protocol.
The Cougars shot 19 of 37 from the free throw line, and in the remaining minutes of the game, key misses from sophomore guard Noah Williams, senior guard Issac Bonton and senior forward Tony Miller from the line sealed the Cougars’ fate.
Freshman centers Dishon Jackson and Efe Abogidi fouled out before the second overtime, making the options thin at the center position, with Markovetskyy already ruled out prior to tip-off.
WSU finished with four starters in double-digits again, and shot 25 percent from three-point range accompanied by shooting 41 percent from the field.
Bonton finished with 25 points on 10 of 23 shooting from the field, along with Williams finishing with 16 points, Abogidi with 12 points and freshman forward Andrej Jakimovski having 15 points.
WSU held the Wildcats to only shooting 37 percent from the field, and are still trying to hold onto the lead on opponent field goal percentage in a game, leading the NCAA with an average 33.3 percent.
Bonton said this game was tough because the team didn’t control the things they could not control, or try to control.
“I don’t think there’s no moral victories for us,” Bonton said.
WSU looks to rebound from a close loss as they play their first road game of the season in Berkeley against the California Golden Bears on Thursday at 4 p.m.
(Photos by: Bob Hubner – WSU Athletics)