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Williams, Wildcats hold off WSU 79-70

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TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) _ Derrick Williams had 26 points and eight rebounds, and No. 12 Arizona withstood a big night from Klay Thompson to hold off Washington State 79-70 Thursday night. Williams had been relatively quiet the previous two games, scoring a combined 23 points as he tried to fight through collapsing defenses and the bulky bandage on his sore right pinky. The defense nor the still-bandaged pinky didn't bother him this night. Williams got to the rim and the line, hitting 7 of 10 shots and all 12 of his free throws. He also got some help from Solomon Hill, who scored all of his 12 points in the second half to give Arizona (22-4, 11-2 Pac-10) its 14th straight home win. Thompson, the Pac-10's leading scorer, tried to carry Washington State (17-9, 7-7) with 30 points, but a shaky start to the second half put the Cougars in too big of a deficit.

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