Top-Ranked Arizona Routs Arizona State
Tucson, Ariz. — Nick Johnson had 17 points, Aaron Gordon added 16 and top-ranked Arizona jumped on rival Arizona State early in a 91-68 rout Thursday night.
Arizona (18-0, 5-0 Pac-12) raced out to a 21-point lead in the first half and didn’t let up, extending the best start in school history with a flurry of dunks and 3-pointers.
The Wildcats put seven players in double figures, shot 56 percent and had 21 assists on 34 field goals to beat the Sun Devils for the sixth time in seven games.
Claremont, N.H., native Kaleb Tarczewski had 12 points and eight rebounds, and T.J. McConnell added 10 points and six assists for Arizona.
Arizona State (13-5, 2-3) played without second-leading scorer Jermaine Marshall and had trouble with Arizona’s size all night, shooting 34 percent.
Jahii Carson had 20 points and five assists, but struggled early and had at least four shots blocked.
UConn 83, No. 17 Memphis 73
Memphis, Tenn. — DeAndre Daniels had 23 points and a career-high 11 rebounds, Shabazz Napier added 17 points and Connecticut pulled away from No. 17 Memphis. The Huskies (14-3, 2-2 American Athletic Conference) outscored Memphis 8-2 in the final minute to secure their third straight win.
Daniels was 9 of 15 from the field and UConn shot 57 percent, including 61 percent after halftime. Lasan Kromah finished with 13 points, making all five attempts.
No. 18 Louisville 91 Houston 52
Louisville, Ky. — Wayne Blackshear scored 23 points in his first game as a reserve and Louisville used a strong offensive start to blow out Houston.
No. 25 UCLA 69 No. 21 Colorado 56
Boulder, Colo. — Norman Powell matched his season high with 19 points and UCLA pulled away in the second half to beat Colorado, handing the short-handed Buffaloes their first loss of the season at home.
Vermont 83, Maine 46
Bangor, Maine — Twelve players scored and Vermont shot 58 percent from the field as the Catamounts cruised over Maine.
Vermont (9-8, 3-0 America East) jumped out to 21-5 lead and made 13 of its first 18 field goal attempts while pushing its lead to 31-9 with 8:18 left in the first half.
The Catamounts took a 37-20 lead into the break and led by as many as 39 late in the game. They dominated the interior, out-rebounding Maine (3-13, 1-3) 38-20 en route to 15 second-chance points and a 38-14 advantage in points in the paint.