TUCSON, Arizona (Ticker) -- Arizona probably will be looking forward to February 8.
Jason Gardner scored 19 points and Channing Frye had 11 and 14 rebounds as the second-ranked Wildcats extended their winning streak over Pac-10 Conference rival Washington State to 35 games with an 82-69 victory.
Arizona (10-1, 3-0 Pac-10) has not lost to Washington State since a 65-63 overtime defeat on January 30, 1986. The teams meet again in Pullman in early February.
The latest victory was anything but pretty as the heavily favorite Wildcats committed 13 turnovers in the first half and were ahead by just three points at intermission.
But the Wildcats were able pull away, using a 20-4 run to start the second to take control of the contest.
Arizona welcomed back forward Luke Walton, who missed four of the previous six games with an ankle sprain. Although he committed five turnovers, the 6-8 senior finished with nine points and eight rebounds.
"When I get tired, they're going to take me out right away so I don't turn the ankle again," said Walton, who played 24 minutes. "It's in the back of my mind when I first step on the court and until I get into the flow of things. I definitely feel I'm not all the way back yet though."
Salim Stoudamire added 14 points and Rick Anderson 13 for the Wildcats, who overcame 21 turnovers to win their fifth straight game.
"That's too many. We keep telling them you don't have to make great passes, just make good passes," Arizona coach Lute Olson said. "The job of the passer is to make sure the guy catches it and maybe he shouldn't throw as many. Thirteen turnovers in the first half is way too many for a good team. We have to correct that."
"I'm not satisfied at all with this victory," Anderson said. "It was a poor effort by everybody, myself included. They're a quick, good ballclub and we just didn't come out with the fire we should have."
Marcus Moore - the conference's leading scorer - netted 35 points for Washington State (5-6, 0-3), which also has lost its last 19 visits to Arizona.
"I love playing here. There is a big crowd and Arizona in the No. 2 team in the nation," Moore said. "Who doesn't want to play here? I would rather have the win - I would trade the 35 points for that any day."
Hardly resembling one of the nation's top teams for the first 25 minutes, the Wildcats held just a 39-35 lead before reeling off the next 15 points.
Walton made a play for the highlight reel during the decisive spurt with a behind-the-back pass to Anderson for a layup. Frye and Gardner had layups to cap the burst, giving the Wildcats a 19-point cushion with 12:49 remaining.
"The biggest thing is that we want to go to the Final Four and if we're gonna be a Final Four team, we can't let things like that first half happen," Gardner said. "The second half, we ran our offense better and regained our focus."
Stoudamire's 3-pointer with 10:59 made it 59-41 and the Cougars struggled to get back in it. They did cut the deficit to eight points with under a minute left.
Despite battling bone chips in his right ankle, Moore tried to lead the comeback, making 11-of-21 shots from the field, including 8-of-12 from 3-point range en route to his fourth career 35-point game.
Moore was asked to carry more of the scoring load as the Cougars were without starting forward Shami Gill (leg) and Milton Riley (back).
"We were shorthanded tonight," Washington State coach Paul Graham said. "We were here without two main guys, but our team still gave a supreme effort. During halftime, I thought we should have been up. I thought we did a good job, I'm proud of our guys."
Facing a shorthanded team, the Wildcats played poorly in the first half, going more than four minutes before their first basket and struggling to a 34-31 lead at the break.