Arizona improved to 22-5 on the season and moved a half game ahead of Oregon for first place in the Pac-12 with a 99-61 win against ASU. Here's a closer look at what happened:
Co-Players of the Game:
Allonzo Trier - The freshman has his first complete game since coming back from his injury and helped lead the Wildcats to victory. Trier finished the night with 20 points and eight rebounds. The guard took over the game when he needed to and was able to coast with his team the rest of the way.
Kaleb Tarczewski - Continuing his trend of great play as his collegiate career winds down, Tarczewski came out fired up for the rivalry game and his numbers showed it. The senior tallied six points and grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds in the game, but his defense was the real strength in the win. Tarczewski also blocked four shots against ASU.
* Arizona jumped on the rival Sun Devils early, breaking the game open in the first few minutes of the night. The Wildcats went on an 8-0 run out of the gate, getting back-to-back buckets from Trier before Gabe York and Tarczewski both got buckets in close to set the tone for the game.
* Arizona State was able to scrap its way back into the game and take the lead, but late in the first half, the Wildcats were able to pull away again. Arizona pulled away on the strength of a 15-2 run over the final four minutes of the half. Trier took over the game, scoring seven points and dishing out an assist during the stretch that let the Wildcats take a 38-24 lead into the locker room.
* The Wildcats put the game away early into the second half. Arizona moved the ball around well and Parker Jackson-Cartwright found York in the corner for a three-pointer, capping a 10-2 run to start the second half and putting the Wildcats ahead 48-26.
Stat of the Game:
52 - Arizona dominated Arizona State throughout the night, but was incredibly efficient in the post. The Wildcats scored 52 points in the paint, taking advantage of the foul trouble that plagued the Sun Devils' frontcourt throughout the night. To its credit, Arizona nearly outscored their in-state rival with just the close range baskets, as ASU only finished with 61 points in the game.
"We have a lot of answers around the basket and we have a number of perimeter players who can really drive the ball," Miller said. "We're attacking the area of the court you really want to attack."
"You could definitely feel it in the crowd tonight," Tarczewski said. "We really played off their energy."null