Arizona stays unbeaten with 91-68 rout of rival

January 17, 2014 

Nick Johnson had 17 points, Aaron Gordon added 16 and top-ranked Arizona jumped on visiting 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.

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 finished with 20 points and five assists, but he struggled early and had at least four shots blocked.

Bo Barnes added 13 points for the Sun Devils, who had 18 turnovers and seven assists.

OTHER PAC-12 MEN

No. 25 UCLA 69, at No. 21 Colorado 56: While many of his UCLA teammates struggled with their shooting touch, Norman Powell had little problem getting his shots to fall.

Powell matched his season high with 19 points, and No. 25 UCLA pulled away in the second half to beat No. 21 Colorado, handing the short-handed Buffaloes (14-4, 3-2) their first home loss of the season.

Jordan Adams had 14 points and 13 rebounds, and David Wear added 13 points for UCLA (14-3, 3-1), which has won consecutive games since a narrow loss to top-ranked Arizona a week ago.

At Utah 84, USC 66: Delon Wright scored 22 points, collected six rebounds, six steals and five assists to lift Utah over USC.

Dakarai Tucker added 18 points and made four 3-pointers while Jordan Loveridge chipped in 16 to help the Utes (13-4, 2-3) snap a two-game losing streak.

Pe’Shon Howard led USC with 16 points and J.T. Terrell chipped in 12. It wasn’t enough to prevent the Trojans (9-8, 0-4) from losing their fourth consecutive game in Pac-12 play.

USC lost despite shooting 50 percent (25-for-50) from the field.

Utah matched the Trojans by shooting 49.2 percent (30-for-61) from the field.

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