No. 9 Arizona beats up on NAU

TUCSON, Ariz. — Mark Lyons scored 18 points, Nick Johnson had 10 points and seven assists, and No. 9 Arizona rolled over Northern Arizona 93-50 on Wednesday night.

Arizona (4-0) overwhelmed the Lumberjacks from the get-go, showing no signs of rust after an eight-day break.

Dropping in 3-pointers and soaring in for dunks, the Wildcats built an 18-point lead in the first half and shut down Northern Arizona in the second for their 29th straight win over the Lumberjacks (2-4).

Arizona shot 58 percent, made 12 of 21 from 3-point range and had 22 assists on 30 field goals to kick off a stretch of four games in 11 days.

Solomon Hill had 17 points, Brandon Ashley grabbed 11 rebounds and Johnson added four steals for the Wildcats.

Dewayne Russell had 13 points and Blake Hamilton 11 for Northern Arizona, winless in 24 all-time games against ranked opponents.

The game marked the return of Northern Arizona coach Jack Murphy to McKale Center.

Murphy spent eight years at Arizona under coach Lute Olson, working his way up from student manager to director of operations. He also spent time as an advance scout for the NBA's Denver Nuggets under George Karl and was an assistant to Josh Pastner at Memphis, so he's worked for some of the best minds in basketball.

Murphy will need that knowledge to turn around Northern Arizona, a program that lost its coach last season and its final 16 games to finish 5-24.

The Lumberjacks did manage to pull off a big upset during their forgetful 2011-12 season, knocking off Arizona State 69-68 in Tempe when Stallon Saldivar hit a 3-pointer with less than a second left.

The Wildcats gave them no shot of a repeat, spoiling Murphy's return shortly after the opening tip.

Arizona scored the game's first nine points and had a 16-point lead midway through the first half.

Johnson was the catalyst early, forcing a turnover to set up a breakaway dunk and sailing in for a dunk on an alley-oop pass from Jordin Mayes to score seven quick points. He also gave NAU trouble by repeatedly getting into the lane, setting up Grant Jerrett for a dunk with an in-traffic bounce pass for one of his four first-half assists.

The Wildcats had 10 assists on their 15 first-half field goals — in 27 shots — and led 39-26 after NAU's Russell hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer.

Lyons led Arizona with eight points in the first half and put the game way out of reach to open the second, hitting two 3-pointers that helped push the lead to 53-28 in the first 4 minutes.

Stanford 68, Seattle 57

At Stanford, Calif., Andy Brown scored a career-high 17 points and Dwight Powell had a career-high 13 rebounds to lead Stanford past Seattle.

Chasson Randle added 15 points for the Cardinal (5-3), who had lost three of their previous four games.

Prince Obasi recorded career highs with 18 points and eight rebounds for the Redhawks (2-2). Redshirt freshman Deshaun Sunderhaus had 12 points and a career-high 11 rebounds.

Washington 66, Saint Louis 61

At Seattle, C.J. Wilcox finished 27 points, just off his career-high, Aziz N'Diaye scored 12 of his 14 points in the second half, and Washington snapped a two-game home losing streak.

Thinned by injuries, the Huskies (3-3) went just seven players deep, but had enough to overcome the Billikens (3-3) and avenge a 13-point loss last season in St. Louis.

Wilcox had one of the most efficient games in Washington history, hitting 11 of 13 shots, including 4 of 5 on 3-pointers. He just missed his career high of 28 set in Saturday's home loss to Colorado State. The Huskies avoided their first three-game home non-conference losing streak since 1994. Cody Ellis led the Billikens with 14 points off the bench. It was Saint Louis' last game away from home before conference play begins in early January.

UCLA 82, CS Northridge 56

At Los Angeles, Norman Powell led four players in double figures with 17 points and UCLA bounced back from an upset loss to beat Cal State Northridge.

Kyle Anderson added 15 points and Larry Drew II had a career-high 13 assists for the Bruins (5-2), who were coming off a 70-68 loss to Cal Poly last Sunday that dropped them from the Top 25. Powell lost track of the score and mistakenly committed a late foul that led to two winning free throws by the Mustangs.

Arizona State 67,Arkansas-Pine Bluff 54

At Tempe, Ariz., Carrick Felix scored 21 points on 8 of 11 shooting as Arizona State used a second-half run in beating Arkansas-Pine Bluff.

The Sun Devils (5-1) ran off 17 straight points, including four 3-point baskets, to take a 54-39 lead with 9:11 remaining after leading by 11 in the first half.

SMU 62, Utah 55

At Dallas, Jalen Jones scored 20 points, grabbed 16 rebounds and SMU beat Utah to improve the Mustangs to 7-1 under new coach Larry Brown for their best start in six years.

SMU took the lead for good by scoring the last 11 points before halftime.


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