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Arizona 69, Arizona State 60

(AP Photo/Darryl Webb)

By JACK MAGRUDER
Associated Press

TEMPE, Ariz. - Azuolas Tubelis scored 21 points, Oumar Ballo had 12 points and 12 rebounds, and No. 5 Arizona withstood a second-half comeback by Arizona State for a 69-60 victory.

Kerr Kriisa had 12 points and five assists for the Wildcats (13-1, 2-1 Pac-12), who won their fifth straight in the series. They entered averaging 90.2 points per game, second in Division I.

The Sun Devils (11-3, 2-1) scored 19 of the first 23 points of the second half after going to a full-court press and cut the deficit to 49-47 with 13 minutes left. Arizona responded with a 10-3 run to regain control.

Frankie Collins had 12 points to lead Arizona State and Devan Cambridge added nine.

The Wildcats made 24 of 28 free-throws attempts. Arizona State was 7 of 10. The Sun Devils missed their first 13 3-point field-goal attempts and were 3 of 27 from behind the arc. Neither team shot 40% from the field.

Tubelis has scored in double figures in all 14 games.

Ballo's foul-line jumper, his first basket of the game, gave Arizona a 30-14 lead with 6:19 remaining in the first half, forcing an Arizona State timeout. As the teams headed to their benches, Kriisa said "be quiet" as looked toward the ASU student section.

The Wildcats led by as many as 18 points in the first half.

BIG PICTURE

Arizona looked every bit a top-five team in the first half, but the Wildcats had surprising difficulty against Arizona State's full-court press in the second half. The Sun Devils could have found their way back into the AP Top 25 with a win. Regardless, they will remain a contender in the Pac-12 because of a harassing defense that had limited opponents to 36.7% shooting from the floor coming in.

December 31, 2022


Arizona
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
A. Tubelis F 35 7-14 6-8 1-2 2-9 0 0 1 3 4 21
O. Ballo C 27 3-8 6-7 0-0 2-12 0 0 0 1 3 12
K. Kriisa G 35 2-8 6-7 2-7 0-0 5 0 2 6 1 12
C. Ramey G 34 2-7 0-0 1-5 0-7 6 0 1 1 1 5
P. Larsson G 24 1-6 4-4 1-4 1-4 0 0 0 1 2 7
C. Henderson Jr.   20 3-6 2-2 0-2 0-3 1 1 0 1 1 8
H. Veesaar   15 2-3 0-0 0-1 1-3 2 2 0 0 1 4
K. Boswell   7 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 0 1 0
A. Bal   3 0-1 0-0 0-1 0-0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Totals   200 20-53
(.377)
24-28
(.857)
5-22
(.227)
10-44 16 3 4 13 14 69


Arizona State
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
W. Washington F 26 3-4 0-0 0-0 1-7 4 3 0 0 2 6
D. Horne G 35 3-11 0-0 1-5 0-5 1 1 4 1 0 7
D. Cambridge Jr. G 22 3-12 0-0 1-7 1-2 0 0 0 1 5 7
F. Collins G 22 6-12 0-2 0-3 0-5 6 0 1 1 4 12
D. Cambridge G 19 2-8 5-6 0-4 0-2 0 1 0 2 5 9
A. Gaffney   20 3-9 0-0 1-5 1-3 1 0 0 3 2 7
A. Nunez   17 1-2 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 1 1 2
D. Brennan   15 2-3 2-2 0-0 4-6 0 1 0 0 2 6
L. Muhammad   12 2-6 0-0 0-1 0-1 0 0 1 0 1 4
J. Neal   12 0-2 0-0 0-2 0-0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Totals   200 25-69
(.362)
7-10
(.700)
3-27
(.111)
11-36 13 6 7 9 22 60
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