PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) – Freshman Bennedict Mathurin had his first career double-double, Terrell Brown Jr. hit a 3-pointer with 13 seconds left and Arizona beat Washington State 86-82 in double overtime. Saturday night.
Mathurin made 8 of 12 shots and finished with a career high of 24 points and 11 rebounds and Brown scored 15 points. James Akinjo added 18 points, six assists and three steals and Azuolas Tubelis had 12 points and nine rebounds for Arizona (9-1, 3-1 Pac-12).
Washington State (9-1, 1-1) had won nine in a row since last season.
Brown’s 3-pointer broke an 81 tie and, after WSU’s Isaac Bonton went 1-for-2 from the free throw line, Mathurin made two free kicks with nine seconds left to crown the score.
Bonton led the Cougars with 25 points. Noah Williams scored 16, Andrej Jakimovski added 15 and Efe Abogidi scored 12 points, eight rebounds, three blocks and two steals before fouling 30 seconds into the first overtime.
WSU was outscored 25-19 from the free throw line despite attempting five (37) more free throws than the Wildcats. The Cougars were just 5 of 14 from the line after regulation.
Brown hit a short jump shot to give Arizona a six-point lead with nine minutes remaining in regulation time, but Bonton 12 points before Abogidi’s layup made it 70 overall with 23 seconds remaining in forced overtime. .
Brown’s layup with 12 seconds left in the first overtime forced the second overtime.
Washington State was with DJ Rodman, Volodymyr Markovetskyy, Ryan Rapp, and Brandton Chatfield due to the COVID-19 protocol.