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Arizona 73, Wake Forest 66

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Dylan Smith and Chase Jeter scored 17 points apiece, and 14th-ranked Arizona beat Wake Forest 73-66 in the Wooden Legacy championship game.

It was Arizona's first early season tournament title since 2014, when it won the Maui Invitational.

The Wildcats (9-0) led most of the game with their largest advantage being 56-41 8 minutes into the second half. The Demon Deacons (5-3) had a 14-4 run to get within 68-64 with 43 seconds remaining but could not draw closer. Arizona closed the game making five of its last six free throws.

Arizona shot a season-low 43.1% from the field (25 of 58) but had a 36-18 advantage in points in the paint.

Olivier Sarr led Wake with 21 points and 13 rebounds while Brandon Childress scored 19. The Demon Deacons shot 32.2% from the field (19 of 59) but were 23 of 26 from the foul line.

Arizona was out in front for the first 6 minutes before Wake Forest scored 10 straight points to take a 23-16 lead with 11:23 remaining in the first half. The Demon Deacons' lead was short-lived as the Wildcats went on a 14-0 run. Max Hazzard, a graduate transfer from nearby UC-Irvine, started the rally with two straight 3-pointers.

Arizona extended its lead to 37-27 with 3 minutes left before Wake scored six of the last eight points in the half to cut it to 39-33 at halftime.

Arizona's Nico Mannion was named the tournament's MVP. Smith, Jeter and Sarr joined Penn's AJ Brodeur on the all-tournament team.

Associated Press

December 1, 2019