Cats roll their rivals

Supposedly the Arizona/Arizona State game is a rivalry. In most sports things are pretty even, but in men's college basketball things are pretty much one-sided. Saturday's meeting between the two schools was another big Wildcat win as the home team prevailed 68-47.

The Cats defense put the clamps on ASU in the first half allowing the Wildcats to build a 25-point lead at the break. Despite a nice Sun Devil run to open the second half, the Wildcats were never in trouble of losing the lead.

The first half was a case of offensive ineptitude by the Devils combined with a great defensive effort by the Wildcats. The Sun Devils scored their first bucket at the 2:17 mark of the first half and did not score again for 6:40. They would not score another field goal until the 10:43 mark.

Arizona led 12-3 when Craig Austin hit the second ASU field goal. Following a Bret Brielmaier bucket, Antwi Antuahene scored to make it 14-7. The Wildcats would then score the next 18 points to lead 32-7.

Arizona State scored 10 of the first 12 points to open the second half, cutting the Wildcat lead down to 15, but could not get any closer. Arizona rattled off the next eight points, thanks in part to three Arizona steals.

Arizona had 16 steals, forcing a total of 26 turnovers. Three Sun Devils committed six or more turnovers.

Ivan Radenovic had six steals on his way to 14 points and seven rebounds.

Hassan Adams was the only other Wildcat in double figures scoring 12 points. Freshmen Marcus Williams and Fendi Onobun each added nine points for the Wildcats.

The Wildcats took good care of the ball themselves, committing just 11 turnovers.

Bryson Kruger led the Sun Devils with 14 points, while Jeff Pendegraph chipped in 10 points and 12 rebounds.

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