Wildcats pull away in second half

Jordin Mayes played one of the best games of his career and Jesse Perry had his second straight double-double as Arizona defeated Duquesne 67-59 Wednesday night.

In similar fashion to Monday's opener, Arizona went into halftime in the midst of a close game.

And, like Monday, pulled away late for the win, as Arizona defeated Duquesne 67-59 behind 19 points from Jordin Mayes.

Arizona jumped out to a quick 7-3 lead about four minutes into the game, as Kyle Fogg started with a three. B.J. Monteiro answered with a three of his own, but Kyryl Natyazhko and Jesse Perry hit consecutive jumpers before the first stoppage of play. Arizona's lead hit five points with about 11 minutes left in the first half, as both teams exchanged plenty of free throws. Duquesne was 2-13 from the field at that point, but had three points from the line that kept the lead from getting close to double digits as the Wildcats led 13-8.

Mike Talley hit two free throws and Jordin Mayes answered with a jumper. Talley then went to the line for one and Perry matched him to continue the theme of both teams going back and forth. Arizona led 18-14 with 7:22 left, as the Wildcats were outplaying the Dukes, but could not pull away quite yet.

Duquesne cut the lead to 20-19 with a Sean Johnson three, but Mayes had an answer with a three of his own and then found Perry the next time down court for a layup and one, as Arizona took a 26-19 lead with 3:20 left in the first half.

The Dukes then stormed back behind an Evans jumper and two free throws. Jerry Jones then hit a three to give Duquesne the 28-26 lead before Chol rebounded a missed Nick Johnson free throw to tie the game at 28. As time expired in the first half, T.J. McConnell hit a jumper to give the Dukes a 30-28 lead at the half.

Sean Johnson started the half off with a jumper for the Dukes, but Hill came back with two free throws and Fogg hit a jumper to tie the game at 32 about five minutes into the second half. The dukes then took a two-point lead before Mayes tied it with a jumper and then hit a three to put the Wildcats up a triple a few minutes later.

The Dukes came back with a jumper from Monteiro, but Brendon Lavender hit a three-pointer to answer, as a Monteiro layup cut Arizona's lead to 42-40 with under ten minutes left in the second half. The Dukes cut the lead with an Evans layup that made the score 46-45 with about seven minutes left in regulation.

Arizona built the lead to four behind Nick Johnson, who hit three of four from the line to make it 49-45. However, Evans came right back and hit a three from the corner, as the Dukes would just not go away. Mayes' shooting success continued the next time down court, as his third three-pointer of the night gave Arizona the 52-48 lead. The next time down court, Mayes was fouled on a three attempt and hit two of three free throws, as Arizona led 53-48 with a little over five minutes left.

Mayes then hit another three and Arizona forced a turnover that led to a bucket by Lavender, as Arizona had its biggest lead of the night, 59-48. McConnell tried to cut the lead to a bucket, but Perry hit a layup and was fouled, as the free throw made it 62-50 with 3:27 left and basically sealed the game.

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