The sophomore scored 21 points and grabbed 16 rebounds to lead the Wildcats. He was 10-16 from the field and was all over the glass.
The night was not a good for Budinger. The freshman returned to his hometown but did not play well. Budinger hit his first shot of the game and then made just one more basket. Despite finishing with just five points, Budinger did not sulk and played solid defense.
Defense was the key as the Wildcats held the Aztecs to nearly 30 points below their season average. SDSU shot just 32.8% from the field and a miserable 20% from behind the arc.
Arizona went on a 13-2 run late in the first half to put the Cats up 35-20.
The Wildcats led by as much as 18 before the Aztecs made a push. Slowly chipping away at the lead, Brandon Heath nailed a three pointer and SDSU was within nine with just under 7:00 to play.
Arizona used a late 12-2 run to ice the game.