Arizona was clearly better than Texas Southern from the start as the Wildcats defeated 85-63 the Tigers Wednesday at McKale.
Dusan Ristic and Rawle Alkins scored to start the game and Parker Jackson-Cartwright got in on the action as well.
Zach Lofton got the Tigers on the board, but a bucket by Ristic and Lauri Markkanen put Arizona up 10-2 about four minutes into the game.
Markkanen made a three and Alkins scored. Dulani Robinson got a bucket, but Chance Comanche and Kadeem Allen answered.
Derrick Griffin then scored on the offensive glass as Arizona led 19-6 with 12:27 left.
Lofton hit a three, but Markkanen made two consecutive shots from behind the arc. Griffin scored and Ristic made two free-throws as Lofton then did the same.
Jalan McCloud made a three and Alkins and Griffin exchanged baskets. A jumper by Simmons then put Arizona up 31-18 with 7:41 left in the half.
Allen and Simmons scored followed by a bucket by McCloud. Allen and Simmons then scored again before two consecutive buckets by Allen put Arizona up 43-20 with 2:21 remaining in the half.
Marvin Jones made two free-throws and scored again before Ristic and Griffin ended the half with baskets as the Wildcats led 45-26 at halftime.
Robinson scored to begin the second half, but Simmons scored five straight points. McCloud hit a jumper and Jones added one as well, as Alkins and Lofton exchanged threes to put Arizona up 53-35 at the media timeout.
Alkins made a free-throw and Robinson made a three. Keanu Pinder scored as Markkanen soon added a three.
Comanche scored, but McCloud made a three, Markkanen answered with one, and McCloud made another to cut Arizona’s lead to 64-44 with 11:09 left.
Robinson made two free-throws and McCloud hit one of two. Alkins and Allen scored, but Lofton made a three.
Markkanen scored and Jamie Rutherford hit a three. Griffin proceeded to score as Arizona led 70-55 with 7:34 remaining.
Lofton scored, but Allen made two form the line and Simmons and Pinder got buckets. Lofton and Simmons then exchanged points as Arizona led 80-61 with 2:28 left.