Wildcats cruise against Sun Devils

Arizona was the better team on Saturday and it did not take long for the Wildcats to show that off, as they defeated the Arizona State Sun Devils 68-51 at McKale. Read on for a closer look at the game.

It did not take long for Arizona to get a comfortable lead and once it did, the Wildcats never let go.

Arizona built a 20-point lead and then held on to it throughout the game, as it defeated rival Arizona State at 68-51 at home.

Solomon Hill started the scoring with an offensive rebound, but Carrick Felix came right back with a three-pointer. Jesse Perry was then fouled on a made shot and hit the free throw, but once again ASU had somewhat of an answer with two free throws by Chris Colvin. Nick Johnson tried to get momentum back with a three-pointer and Arizona went into the first timeout up 8-5.

Fogg quickly gave Arizona six-point lead with a three, but the teams then exchanged baskets until Hill got four straight points. Trent Lockett proceeded to make a layup to cut Arizona's lead to 17-11 with about ten minutes left.

It only took about a minute for Arizona to build a 13-point lead off a three by Perry and four free throws from Josiah Turner. An alley-oop dunk from Turner to Johnson then forced Herb Sendek to call timeout with the Wildcats up 26-11 with 6:43 left.

Arizona's lead stayed at about 15 points until a little under three minutes to go in the first half. Fogg hit a three-pointer and after King made a little jumper, Jordin Mayes added a three of his own and the Wildcats went up 34-16 with complete control of the game. The Sun Devils scored four points before the half ended and Arizona went into halftime up 34-20.

At the half, ASU had 13 turnovers to Arizona's 10 while the Wildcats shot 42 percent from the field compared to 38 percent for the Sun Devils.

Arizona started the second half with two free throws by Perry, a dunk soon after, and then a dunk from Johnson to score six points in a little over two minutes and force Sendek to call timeout down 40-20. The lead stayed around 20 points until Mayes hit two free throws to bring the score to 48-25 with 15 minutes left in the second half.

Two free throws by Ruslan Pateev cut Arizona's lead to 20 with 10:51 left, as two free throws by Lockett brought it to 18 shortly after. However, Johnson hit a three from the top of the arc about 30 seconds later and Arizona's lead was back to 21.

ASU put a little run together, as Jordan Bachynski hit two straight jumpers and Chanse Creekmur hit a three to cut Arizona's lead to 13. Parrom then answered with a layup that was matched by Felix, but came back with another and a free throw, as Arizona's lead was back up to 16 with 3:58 left in regulation.

Arizona State would try to cut into Arizona's lead, but every time it did, the Wildcats were able to get to the line and stop that from happening, as two free throws by Hill gave Arizona a 68-51 lead.

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