TUCSON, Arizona (Ticker) -- Salim Stoudamire returned and Arizona pounded its favorite punching bag.
After serving a one-game suspension for conduct detrimental to the team, Stoudamire scored 21 points and Channing Frye added 20 to lead the 14th-ranked Wildcats to a 72-60 victory over Washington State in a one-sided Pacific-10 Conference matchup.
Arizona (18-8, 10-7) has won 38 straight against the Cougars, who have not earned a victory in the series since a 65-63 overtime triumph at Pullman on January 30, 1986. The Wildcats barely extended that streak with a 61-57 road victory on January 31.
But this one came easy for Arizona, which came out like an angry team on the heels of an 89-84 home loss to Washington on Thursday. Stoudamire was especially anxious to redeem himself after being suspended by coach Lute Olson Thursday for "failure to meet team responsibilities."
Arizona's leading scorer made 8-of-16 shots and held Washington State guard Marcus Moore to five points, eight below his season average, on 2-of-11 shooting. Moore had scored 36 and 29 in his last two games against Arizona.
"I liked the way Salim accepted his punishment and that's why I decided to reinstate him," Arizona coach Lute Olson said. "I believe he learned his lesson."
"It was a learning experience," Stoudamire said. "It was just immature actions on my part and it won't happen again. I felt I let my teammates down Thursday and I just wanted to help us get a win today."
Thomas Kelati scored a career-high 27 points on 11-of-13 shooting for Washington State (11-14, 5-10), which remains in eighth place, the final spot to qualify for the Pac-10 tournament.
But the Cougars were again no match for Arizona, which raced to a 17-7 lead in the first 8:52 and increased that advantage to 34-16 with 2:13 left in the half.
"I thought our defensive intensity we had in the first half was the best we've had all year," Olson said. "We weren't as enthusiastic in the second half. We had 30 good minutes and 10 we could forget about."
After a pair of free throws by Shami Gill moved Washington State within 43-32 with 14:54 left, Stoudamire scored nine points to highlight a 20-6 run. Hassan Adams capped it with a three-point play with 8:07 remaining, giving Arizona its biggest lead at 63-38.
"We were substantially outplayed this afternoon," said Washington State coach Dick Bennett, who went against Olson for the first time since Bennett's Wisconsin squad knocked off the Wildcats in the second round of the 2000 NCAA Tournament. "Arizona's quickness was most impressive. We were one step slower and couldn't keep up. They were especially aggressive on the glass."
Andre Iguodala had 12 points and tied a career high with 16 rebounds for Arizona, which held a 42-28 rebounding advantage.