Arizona Cruises by ASU

Arizona captured their third straight win Wednesday night as they defeated ASU by a score of 80-70. The UA struggled early on but fought hard the rest of the way and cruised to the easy win in Tempe. The win opened up a four game road swing for Arizona.

Arizona came out and struggled a little bit early on, trailing by as many as nine points. The UA fought back however and took a 35-28 lead at the half on the strength of solid play by a number of athletes.

Isaiah Fox contributed solid minutes in the first half and was clearly the most physical person on the court. There were a number of occasions where he was unable to come away with the board, but he did box out one or two players on every shot, giving his teammates the opportunity to come away with the board. All things told he added seven points in the night alongside three rebounds and one steal.

Kirk Walters also put forth a solid performance and was extremely aggressive down low with five rebounds and five blocks alongside his nine points.

It wasn't only the big men who shined as Mustafa Shakur put forth his third straight impressive performance shooting five of eight from the field, two of two from behind the arc for 17 points. He also tallied six rebounds, four assists, and two steals.

Arizona dominated the second half early and took a 13 point lead before a series of events put things out of control for a small period of time. Arizona State's Kevin Kruger went into the lane and was fouled going up. Shakur then grabbed Walters to talk to him for a minute when Serge Angounou walked between them. Shakur pushed off his arm and was called for a technical foul.

It didn't end there. Head Coach Lute Olson was livid over the call and began riding the referee. Olson was called for a technical as well. That meant a total of six free throw attempts for ASU. They only hit three of them making it a ten point game.

ASU took the ball from out of bounds and hit a quick three trimming the 13 point lead to just seven. Arizona responded and hit a three as they came down. The technical fouls were called with 16:00 left in the game. With over 13:00 left, Arizona led 48-34.

Hassan Adams added yet another incredible performance to his career as he tallied 21 points, four rebounds, three assists, six steals and a block in the game.

Ivan Radenovic and Marcus Williams also added to the balanced team effort. Radenovic added 13 points, four rebounds and three assists. Williams scored eleven points and contributed eight rebounds, two assists and a block.

All things told the Cats shot 48% from the field, despite starting the game shooting 29% from the field.

Arizona breezed through the rest of the way and took control of the game before coming away with the 80-70 victory. The UA now moves on to play North Carolina in Chapel Hill this Saturday.

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