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Williams OK for WSU

Lute Olson walks back to the bench as Mustafa Shakur (left) and Jawann McClellan carry teammate Marcus Williams off the court in the first half against North Carolina.

Lute Olson walks back to the bench as Mustafa Shakur (left) and Jawann McClellan carry teammate Marcus Williams off the court in the first half against North Carolina.


Arizona coach Lute Olson said the Wildcats should have Marcus Williams back for Thursday’s game against Washington State.

UA played half of Saturday’s game without Williams, who sprained his right ankle with 4:47 left in the first half when he landed on a defender’s foot while shooting a 3-pointer in front of the North Carolina bench.

The Wildcats trailed 32-23 when he went down and 43-25 at halftime en route to a 92-64 loss.

Williams returned with 14:53 left in the game, but he left for good with 9:40 remaining, not wanting to aggravate the injury.


Turning point
UA started out scared. The Cats used all their energy to climb back into the game at 21-20, then North Carolina ended the first half on a 22-5 run.

Player of the game

North Carolina’s Tyler Lawson, who set his team’s tempo and finished with 18 points and eight assists.

Cheers

To UNC for showing what a top five team looks like. Arizona is far from looking like one.

Jeers

To UA as a team. It hadn’t played this poorly since a 105-75 loss at Oregon on Dec. 22, 2001, UA’s worst loss under Lute Olson. It also was his worst home loss here, surpassing a 12-point defeat (61-49) to Tennessee on Dec. 23, 1983, his first season.

By the numbers

1: Field goal on six attempts by UA’s Jawann McClellan

4.3: Shooting percentage by UA on 3-pointers (1 of 23)

42: Points in the paint by UNC

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