When they are good, they are very good. When they are bad, they are awful. Thursday was a good night.
Arizona (14-7, 5-3) made a season-best 15 of 26 3s while rolling over Washington State 85-61, one of the Wildcats' most dominant performances of the season. Just five days earlier, Arizona was 3 of 20 on 3s in a one-point loss at Colorado.
Kyle Fogg, Solomon Hill and Brendon Lavender led the way on Thursday. Fogg scored 18 of his 20 in the first half, making 4 of 6 3-pointers. Hill had 15 of his 17 in the second half, sinking 3 of 4 3s. Lavender added 14 points, 4 of 5 3s.
When someone starts making 3s, Fogg said, it's contagious.
"I definitely think when one guy is making shots or another guy, we really feed off each other," he said. "This team is getting closer and closer every day. It's like a family out there."
Fogg, 4 of 6 on 3s, scored 18 in the first half as the Wildcats (14-7, 5-3) built a 42-27 lead. Hill, who made of 3 of 4 3-pointers, scored 15 in the second half. Brendon Lavender added 14, including 4 of 5 3s. Overall, Arizona made season-best 15 of 26 from behind the line.
On Saturday, Arizona made 3 of 20 3s in a one-point loss at Colorado.
Faisal Aden, the reigning Pac-12 player of the week after scoring 33 against Stanford and 24 against Cal — both Washington State victories — left the game with what appeared to be a serious left knee injury with 4:02 left in the first half. Coach Ken Bone said Aden had a sprained knee and possibly an injury to his MCL.
"I hate to see anybody get injured, especially when it's a game-ending injury that is possibly more than one game," Bone said. "With the way Arizona was playing tonight, I'm not sure he would have made a difference."
Brock Motum scored 18 for Washington State (11-9, 3-5).
Washington State's Marcus Capers said Aden's injury "dampened our sprits somewhat."
"Other players have their own mindset, as we should as competitors," Capers said. "I think when something like this happens, people will step up and realize they have to do this or that to make up for it."
Arizona had 23 assists on 30 field goals, the statistic that most impressed Miller.
That, Miller said, "really says it all about our unselfishness. We moved the ball about as well as we have all season tonight."
Aden was hurt on a drive to the basket, falling to the court in pain after being stripped of the ball by Arizona's Jordin Mayes. He sprawled out in obvious pain as Arizona took the ball downcourt before a timeout eventually was called. Aden could not put any weight on the leg as he was helped from the court.
Arizona's Josiah Turner scored his team's first six points of the second half but was ejected after drawing his second technical foul for shoving Motum with 10:06 to play.
The incident occurred in a 7-0 Washington State spurt that cut the lead to 61-48 on Motum's layup with 9:58 left. But Hill's basket on a spin move in the lane triggered a 9-1 run. Hill capped the outburst with Arizona's 10th 3-pointer of the night and the Wildcats led 70-49 with 7:48 left.
Fogg matched his season high for 3s in a game by halftime, going 4 for 6 and scoring 18 points. Overall, the Wildcats made 7 of 12 3-pointers in the first 20 minutes to Washington State's 1 for 7.
Arizona outscored the Cougars 10-2 over the final 2:37 of the half to lead 42-27 at the break. Fogg started the run with a 10-foot bank shot, then missed a free throw, grabbed the rebound and sank a 3 to make it 37-25. Motum made two free throws to cut it to 37-27 with 1:50 left in the half, then Kevin Parrom sank Arizona's final 3 of the half, stole the ball at the other end and threw it to Josiah Turner for a layup for the 15-point halftime edge.
Bone drew a technical complaining about a foul call against DaVonte' Lacy with 7:07 to go. Lavender made one of the two subsequent free throws to complete a 7-0 run that put Arizona up 27-18.
Arizona improved to 10-2 at McKale Center this season and 54-16 in the series. The Wildcats have won 47 of the last 53 meetings of the two schools.
Washington State is 0-4 away from home in the conference this season, 2-8 overall.