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Arizona Wildcats coast to 73-53 win over East Tennessee State Bucs

2012-12-22T20:15:00Z 2014-01-24T16:00:14Z Arizona Wildcats coast to 73-53 win over East Tennessee State BucsBruce Pascoe, Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
December 22, 2012 8:15 pm  • 

HONOLULU -- The Arizona Wildcats put away East Tennessee State early, then spent much of their first Diamond Head Classic game resting starters and experimenting with lineups while winning 73-53.

The Wildcats kept the undermanned Buccaneers scoreless for the first 3:45 of Saturday’s game, taking an early 11-0 lead. While UA showed some sloppiness with 18 turnovers, the Wildcats never had to worry much the rest of the game.

UA held ETSU to just 31 percent field goals shooting and outrebounded them 46-27.

Brandon Ashley led the Wildcats with 16 points and 10 rebounds while Jarvis Jones had 21 to lead all scorers.

The win moved Arizona to 10-0 and put the Wildcats into the semifinals of the Diamond Head Classic tonight at 9:30 p.m. UA will play the winner of Saturday’s late matchup between host Hawaii and Miami (Fla.).

ETSU dropped to 2-8.

UA coach Sean Miller played all 10 of his active scholarship players early and put walk-on Max Wiepking in the game with 4:20 left.

Freshman guard Gabe York took advantage of extra playing time by hitting two three-pointers over his eight minutes. He had not made a three since Nov. 28 against NAU, and did not play at all in three games earlier this month.

After UA took a 38-17 lead at halftime, ETSU went on a 9-0 run early in the second half to cut UA’s lead to 42-28 but UA has answered with a 9-2 run of its own. The Wildcats lead 51-30.

In the first half, the Wildcats dominated inside – and just about everywhere else – while taking a 38-17 halftime lead.

Ashley scored nine points over the first seven minutes, while center Kaleb Tarczewski had six points that included a pair of thundering dunks. Guard Nick Johnson also had seven points and four rebounds while celebrating his 20th birthday.

Arizona shot 44 percent from the field while holding ETSU to 22 percent shooting, including just 2 of 13 three-pointers. Arizona also outrebounded the Bucs 25-14.

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Pac-12 basketball standings

  Conference Overall
Team W L T PCT W L T PCT
Arizona 0 0 0 0.000 12 0 0 1.000
Washington 0 0 0 0.000 10 0 0 1.000
California 0 0 0 0.000 10 1 0 0.909
Utah 0 0 0 0.000 8 2 0 0.800
Oregon 0 0 0 0.000 8 3 0 0.727
UCLA 0 0 0 0.000 8 4 0 0.667
Oregon State 0 0 0 0.000 7 3 0 0.700
USC 0 0 0 0.000 7 4 0 0.636
Arizona State 0 0 0 0.000 6 5 0 0.545
Stanford 0 0 0 0.000 6 3 0 0.667
Colorado 0 0 0 0.000 6 3 0 0.667
Washington State 0 0 0 0.000 4 6 0 0.400

AP Top 25


Pac-12 basketball schedule

Teams Date Time
Delaware State at
Oregon
12/20 70-83
UCLA at
Kentucky
12/20 42-83
Lehigh at
Arizona State
12/20 84-81
Oklahoma at
Washington
12/20 67-69
USC at
Boston College
12/21 75-71
DePaul at
Colorado
12/22 2:30 pm
Wisconsin at
California
12/22 7:00 pm
UC-Santa Barbara at
Oregon
12/22 7:00 pm
Tulane at
Washington
12/22 9:00 pm
Detroit at
Arizona State
12/23 1:00 pm
Stanford at
Texas
12/23 5:00 pm
South Dakota State at
Utah
12/23 7:00 pm
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