PULLMAN, Wash. - When he was ejected at Utah a year ago, Arizona Wildcats forward Solomon Hill learned a lesson about retaliating.
Now he's hoping teammate Kevin Parrom realizes the same thing.
Parrom was tossed during the first half of UA's 79-65 win over Washington State on Saturday when officials gave him a "flagrant two" foul for hitting WSU's DaVonté Lacy above the shoulders, and a Pac-12 official said Sunday the conference found officials acted appropriately after reviewing the incident.
While Parrom was not made available for comment after the game, Hill said he was "pretty sure" Parrom was retaliating with Lacy the way Hill said he did when he hit Utah's Cedric Martin in the back of the head last season.
"They'll catch the second one every single time," Hill said. "Same thing with the Cedric Martin play. They didn't catch him. They caught me. So Kev has to be smart about the situation.
"Right now we're tied for first. (Parrom's) absence was big for us. You think about it, and if they lose a guy like that (Lacy), it doesn't make a big difference. So Kevin can't get into that game with somebody else. He has a team he has to stay with."
In other words, Hill said, Parrom needs to consider the big picture. UA is in the Pac-12 race; WSU is not.
The Cougars also benefited last season when UA's Josiah Turner was ejected after being whistled for two technical fouls while tangling with WSU's Brock Motum.
"Kev has to understand that when you play someone like this, (WSU is) 11-11 at this moment, they're going to try to come out and do things like that to throw you off mentally," Hill said. "If they throw you off mentally, they've won. Kev can't buy into that.
"Do I think Kev initiated it? No. I don't think so. Brock Motum threw a cheap shot at Kaleb (Tarczewski), but the thing is (officials) don't catch that. They can't just stop the game and go to the monitor every time. I told those guys if somebody hits you, don't retaliate. Just fall on the ground. You fall on the ground, they are gonna have to go to the monitor, they're going to review it and they're gonna see it. Don't be the second one."
UA coach Sean Miller was hesitant to discuss the incident without seeing the video himself, and he isn't expected to be available for further comment until Tuesday. But he said Saturday that what happens earlier in an exchange with an opponent "doesn't always matter" and expressed disappointment that Parrom had not already learned that lesson.
"Kevin's older, he's a senior, he's been through several situations," Miller said. "He knows better. And he deserved to get thrown out if in fact they're accurate. Obviously I don't want to judge that until I see it. But we have to be beyond that as a team and he has to be beyond that at this stage of his career. There's no place for that."
Since he was ejected for the flagrant two, not fighting, Parrom does not face an automatic suspension for UA's next game. But when asked if he might keep Parrom out Wednesday against Stanford, depending on what he learned about the incident, Miller said, "We'll have to really take a look at that."
• That Arizona's win moved the Wildcats into a first-place tie just nine days after falling two games behind Oregon was not lost on Miller. "It's exciting," he said. "I can tell you the only thing that matters is the game you play, and that's true.
"But there is a big picture to all this and to have an opportunity to at least compete for your conference championship, especially after nine games is very meaningful to all of us. That continues to be our push."
• Hill said he hasn't hit a three-quarter-court shot in a game like he did just before halftime Saturday, but has done so in practice. "It just felt good," he said. "I think in some cases guys just want to check out or go to the locker room but I felt good."
• Who: Stanford at Arizona
• When: 7 p.m. Wednesday
• TV: ESPNews (Ch 331 on Cox; Ch 102 on Comcast; Ch 207 on DirecTV; Ch 142 on Dish)