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Akinjo, Arizona pull away from Washington State 69-53

Noah Williams is held to 8 points
Credit: AP
Washington State guard Noah Williams, left, and Arizona guard James Akinjo (13) reach for the ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021, in Tucson, Ariz. (Kelly Presnell/Arizona Daily Star via AP)

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — James Akinjo scored 19 points and Arizona shut down Washington State, pulling away for a 69-53 victory. Arizona led 28-24 at halftime. 

The Wildcats had a solid offensive performance in a game where the Cougars slowed the pace. They shot 50% and had a 40-32 rebounding advantage but the real difference was on the defensive end where Arizona shut down Washington State’s top scorer and hottest scorer. 

Noah Williams, who had a school record 72 points in two games last weekend, was held to eight points on 2-of-15 shooting, 1 of 8 from 3-point range. Isaac Bonton, who averages 18.4, was held to three in 19 minutes in his first game back after missing three games with an ankle injury. 

The Cougars ended up shooting 7 of 28 behind the arc and 20 of 63 overall (31.7%)