Arizona opens up Pac-12 play with win

Arizona easily defeated Arizona State on Sunday. Read on for a complete recap of the Wildcats' 73-49 win.

Arizona built a big lead and never looked back as it defeated Arizona State 73-49 Sunday at McKale.

Roosevelt Scott got ASU on the board, but T.J. McConnell responded with a three. Brandon Ashley then made a three and Shaquille McKissic did as well. Scott scored again before Stanley Johnson hit from behind the arc and Ashley added another three to put the Wildcats up 12-7 five minutes into the game.

Rondae Jefferson made three free-throws and Willie Atwood made one. Ashley, Dusan Ristic, and Johnson proceeded to score before a bucket by Scott cut Arizona’s lead to 21-10 with 11:24 left in the first half.

McKissic got a three-point play and Kaleb Tarczewski got on the board. McConnell made a jumper and Johnson added two free-throws to put the Wildcats up 27-13.

Hollis-Jefferson and Gerry Blakes exchanged buckets and Johnson scored in the lane to bring Arizona’s lead to 31-15 with 6:45 remaining in the half.

Gabe York scored and Bo Barnes came back with a triple. Ristic got a bucket as Pitts added two free-throws. Barnes then hit another three and Sean Miller called timeout with Arizona up 37-21.

McConnell scored and Tra Holder made two free-throws. Eric Jacobsen made two from the line as well before Johnson scored four consecutive points. Hollis-Jefferson then hit a jumper before the half ended as the Wildcats led 45-25 at halftime.

Tarczewski and Blakes exchanged baskets to start the half before Ashley scored. Savon Goodman then made two free-throws and Hollis Jefferson scored. a dunk by Scott cut Arizona’s lead to 52-31 a few minutes into the half.

Ashley made two free-throws and Ristic added a bucket. Jacobsen then got a three-point play and Blakes added a score. Parker Jackson-Cartwright made two free-throws that were followed by two from Blakes to keep Arizona’s lead at 58-38 with 11:48 left.

After two free-throws by Tarczewski, Jonathan Gilling made two three-pointers in attempt to bring the Sun Devils back. A dunk by Hollis-Jefferson then ended that notion and forced ASU to call timeout.

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