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Arizona 99, Nebraska-Omaha 49

TUCSON, Ariz. - Josh Green and Chase Jeter had 15 points each, helping No. 15 Arizona bounce back from its first loss of the season with a 99-49 rout over Nebraska-Omaha.

The Wildcats (10-1) returned to McKale Center for the first time in 17 days with a dominating performance, jumping on Omaha with a big opening run and keeping their foot on gas.

Arizona shot 58%, had 25 assists on 38 field goals and had a 44-20 advantage in the paint.

Arizona's Nico Mannion had 13 points and 11 assists, and Dylan Smith scored all 14 of his points in the first half.

The Mavericks (5-7) continued to take their lumps in a road-heavy nonconference season that included games against Wichita State, No. .14 Dayton, Colorado State, Washington State and Saint Mary's. They did manage to pull off an 85-77 win over Washington State, but lost 75-63 loss to Northern Arizona on Sunday.

Omaha was no match for the long, athletic Wildcats, digging a big hole early it never recovered from.

Omaha's KJ Robinson had 15 points to lead the Mavericks, who shot 27%.

Arizona suffered its first loss on Saturday, fighting back from a shaky first half before losing 63-58 to No. 11 Baylor.

The Wildcats were not only looking for a bounce back but to tighten things up before a showdown with No. 6 Gonzaga Saturday night.

Arizona took care of both from the opening tip against Omaha.

The Wildcats opened with 15-4 run and led 43-23 at halftime after making 19 of 27 shots. Smith, who was 1 for 8 against Baylor, made four of 6 from 3-point range .

The Mavericks had trouble with Arizona's length on offensive, hitting 10 of 33 shots, but Robinson did drain a long 3-pointer at the halftime buzzer.

Arizona opened the second half by making eight of its first 12 shots to build the lead to 63-31 and cruise from there.

Associated Press

December 11, 2019

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