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Franks scores 31, Washington State beats Arizona 69-55

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) Make it an unexpected desert sweep for Robert Franks and the Washington State Cougars.

Franks had 31 points after scoring 34 two nights earlier and Washington State ended a 13-game losing streak against Arizona by beating the Wildcats 69-55 on Saturday night.

''Once we get it figured out, which we did, we're a pretty good team,'' Franks said.

Washington State (10-4, 3-8 Pac-12) won at Arizona State on Thursday, sweeping the Arizona schools on the road for the first time since the 2006-07 season and won in Tucson for the first time since Jan. 8, 2010.

''This trip gave us an opportunity to find out who we are,'' Cougars coach Ernie Kent said. '' ... We literally fed off our opponents' crowds to get our game to another level. The key thing now is to keep it at that level now that know, have seen and experienced the blueprint.''

Arizona (14-10, 5-6) never led in its fifth straight loss, the Wildcats' longest losing streak since 1983-84, Lute Olson's first season as coach.

''We don't have a lot of confidence right now,'' Wildcats coach Sean Miller said.

C.J. Elleby added 17 points for the Cougars. Justin Coleman led four Arizona players in double figures with 14 but shot just 5-of-14. The Wildcats shot just 32 percent from the field.

The Wildcats again were without freshman guard Brandon Williams with an ankle injury.

Franks, who also scored 34 in Washington State's 91-70 victory at Arizona State on Thursday night, made 12 of 19 field goals, including a season high 8 of 10 3s.

''Man it feels good, it feels amazing,'' he said. ''Just hats off to my teammates and my coaches, just believing in what we can do, playing hard and buying in, and anything is possible.''

Miller said the Wildcats ''didn't really have an answer for Franks. ... He's certainly one of the better offensive players that plays college basketball.''

Much as they did in their 91-70 win at Arizona State, the Cougars took advantage of poor shooting by the opponent.

The Wildcats shot 27 percent (9 of 33) in the first half, trailing 33-21 at the break.

Arizona got within single digits only once in the second half, 51-42 on Luther's two free throws with nine minutes left. But Elleby was fouled on a 3-point try, made all three, and the Wildcats never seriously threatened again.

Washington State scored the first seven points of the game as Arizona missed its first seven shots. Franks' 3-pointer gave the Cougars their biggest lead of the half, 28-14, with 4:12 to play. Five straight points by Coleman cut the lead to 30-21 before Franks sank a 3 at the halftime buzzer to make it 33-21.

Franks had 20 first-half points on 7-of-10 shooting, 6 of 8 3-pointers.

He sank a 3, then scored from inside, to give the Cougars their biggest lead, 47-31, with 13:03 to play.

Arizona's Chase Jeter missed all six of his shots and didn't score. Teammate Brandon Randolph was 1-for-6 shooting.

BIG PICTURE

Franks should be a safe bet for Pac-12 player of the week and Washington State is nobody's pushover if the Cougars can match these types of performances, beginning with a home game next week against Pac-12 leader Washington.

Miller has never had a team lose five in a row before and it's going to be tough sledding for the Wildcats from here on out, especially without Williams.

SUPPORT FOR MILLER

Arizona athletic director Dave Heeke voiced strong support for coach Miller and his basketball program in the wake of the school's move to fire assistant coach Mark Phelps.

Heeke, speaking to reporters at halftime, wouldn't talk about the Phelps case or any other issues related to a possible NCAA investigation.

''We're fully supportive of the coaching staff, the leadership of the basketball program,'' Heeke said. ''We're supporting, as I have said before, we support coach Miller. Those things that have been said to the contrary to that are not true.''

UP NEXT

Washington State: hosts arch-rival Washington next Saturday.

Arizona: at Utah on Thursday.

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Key Players
R. Franks
B. Williams
2 G
30.2 Min. Per Game 30.2
12.0 Pts. Per Game 12.0
3.5 Ast. Per Game 3.5
2.7 Reb. Per Game 2.7
52.7 Field Goal % 37.6
39.4 Three Point % 31.3
80.7 Free Throw % 78.8
  Defensive rebound by CJ Elleby 25.0
  Justin Coleman missed 3-pt. jump shot 27.0
  Traveling violation turnover on Jervae Robinson 29.0
+ 2 Ira Lee made dunk 31.0
  Offensive rebound by Ira Lee 31.0
  Ryan Luther missed 3-pt. jump shot 33.0
  Defensive rebound by Justin Coleman 37.0
  Robert Franks missed layup 39.0
  Defensive rebound by Jervae Robinson 1:00
  Justin Coleman missed layup, blocked by CJ Elleby 1:02
+ 3 Robert Franks made 3-pt. jump shot 1:12
Team Stats
Points 69 55
Field Goals 24-53 (45.3%) 19-61 (31.1%)
3-Pointers 9-22 (40.9%) 6-23 (26.1%)
Free Throws 12-17 (70.6%) 11-20 (55.0%)
Total Rebounds 39 39
Offensive 5 12
Defensive 31 25
Team 3 2
Assists 16 8
Steals 3 6
Blocks 4 0
Turnovers 12 8
Fouls 23 16
Technicals 0 0
31 PTS, 8 REB, 2 AST
14 PTS, 3 REB, 3 AST
12T
away team logo Washington St. 10-14 333669
home team logo Arizona 14-10 213455
Team Stats
away team logo Washington St. 10-14 74.8 PPG 36.2 RPG 14.9 APG
home team logo Arizona 14-10 70.9 PPG 38.3 RPG 12.4 APG
Key Players
3
R. Franks F 21.6 PPG 7.2 RPG 2.6 APG 49.3 FG%
12
J. Coleman G 8.9 PPG 2.6 RPG 3.8 APG 38.0 FG%
Top Scorers
R. Franks F 31 PTS 8 REB 2 AST
J. Coleman G 14 PTS 3 REB 3 AST
45.3 FG% 31.1
40.9 3PT FG% 26.1
70.6 FT% 55.0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
R. Franks 31 8 2 11/17 7/9 2/2 3 32 0 1 3 3 5
C. Elleby 18 8 4 4/9 2/4 8/12 3 38 0 1 2 0 8
J. Pollard 10 4 1 4/6 0/0 2/3 0 28 1 0 1 1 3
A. Ali 4 1 1 2/6 0/4 0/0 1 15 0 0 0 0 1
M. Cannon 0 5 0 0/3 0/2 0/0 3 16 0 2 0 1 4
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
R. Franks 31 8 2 11/17 7/9 2/2 3 32 0 1 3 3 5
C. Elleby 18 8 4 4/9 2/4 8/12 3 38 0 1 2 0 8
J. Pollard 10 4 1 4/6 0/0 2/3 0 28 1 0 1 1 3
A. Ali 4 1 1 2/6 0/4 0/0 1 15 0 0 0 0 1
M. Cannon 0 5 0 0/3 0/2 0/0 3 16 0 2 0 1 4
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
I. Wade 2 1 4 1/1 0/0 0/0 3 11 1 0 1 0 1
A. Kunc 2 3 1 1/3 0/1 0/0 3 25 1 0 1 0 3
J. Robinson 2 5 2 1/7 0/1 0/0 4 25 0 0 4 0 5
V. Daniels 0 1 1 0/1 0/1 0/0 2 10 0 0 0 0 1
D. Cooper - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Skaggs - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Streeter - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Moore - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 69 36 16 24/53 9/22 12/17 23 200 3 4 12 5 31
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Coleman 14 3 3 5/14 1/4 3/4 3 38 1 0 3 0 3
R. Luther 11 2 1 3/9 3/9 2/2 3 29 1 0 0 0 2
D. Smith 10 5 0 3/9 2/4 2/2 2 34 1 0 4 0 5
B. Randolph 2 4 1 1/7 0/1 0/2 2 25 1 0 0 1 3
C. Jeter 0 6 1 0/4 0/0 0/1 2 26 0 0 0 2 4
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Coleman 14 3 3 5/14 1/4 3/4 3 38 1 0 3 0 3
R. Luther 11 2 1 3/9 3/9 2/2 3 29 1 0 0 0 2
D. Smith 10 5 0 3/9 2/4 2/2 2 34 1 0 4 0 5
B. Randolph 2 4 1 1/7 0/1 0/2 2 25 1 0 0 1 3
C. Jeter 0 6 1 0/4 0/0 0/1 2 26 0 0 0 2 4
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Doutrive 10 11 1 3/10 0/2 4/8 1 19 2 0 0 7 4
A. Barcello 4 2 1 2/6 0/3 0/0 1 14 0 0 0 0 2
I. Lee 4 4 0 2/2 0/0 0/1 2 15 0 0 1 2 2
S. Gettings - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. DesJardins - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Jones - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Weyand - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Spence - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Williams - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 55 37 8 19/61 6/23 11/20 16 200 6 0 8 12 25