Breast Cancer Awareness
|
|
|
MailTribune.com
  • COLLEGE BASKETBALL

    No. 4 Arizona rolls over Oral Roberts

  • TUCSON, Ariz. — Mark Lyons scored 17 points, Grant Jerrett added 15 and No. 4 Arizona showed no signs of a letdown after its biggest win of the season, rolling over Oral Roberts 89-64 Tuesday night.
    • email print
  • TUCSON, Ariz. — Mark Lyons scored 17 points, Grant Jerrett added 15 and No. 4 Arizona showed no signs of a letdown after its biggest win of the season, rolling over Oral Roberts 89-64 Tuesday night.
    Arizona (9-0) pulled off an improbable victory over then-No. 5 Florida on Saturday and leaves for a tournament in Hawaii on Thursday. The Wildcats had no trouble keeping their focus, racing out to a 17-point first-half lead and shooting 57 percent overall.
    Brandon Ashley added 14 points for Arizona, off to its best start since opening 12-0 in 1987-88.
    Oral Roberts (5-5) has a history of knocking off power programs, but never had a shot against the rolling Wildcats.
    The Golden Eagles shot 38 percent and leading scorer Warren Niles was frustrated most of the night, turning it over eight times and scoring most of his 22 points after the game was out of reach.
    Shawn Glover added 18 points for Oral Roberts.
    The Wildcats capped one of the more memorable days in the history of the athletic program Saturday night, rallying from six points down in the final 56 seconds to shock Florida at McKale Center. Lyons provided the highlight-reel shot, flipping a layup high off the glass over the outstretched arm of Gators' 6-foot-9 center Patric Young with 7 seconds left for a victory that moved the Wildcats up four spots in the AP Top 25 for their highest ranking since 2004.
    Earlier in the day, Arizona's football team scored twice in the final minute to beat Nevada 49-48 in the New Mexico Bowl.
    With that emotional high and a trip to the Diamond Head Classic coming up, the Wildcats needed all of their focus to not overlook Oral Roberts.
    And the Golden Eagles appeared to be a team Arizona couldn't afford to look past.
    Oral Roberts won 27 games last season and was picked to win the Southland Conference this year after returning all five starters. The Golden Eagles also have a history of knocking off opponents from power conferences under coach Scott Sutton, including No. 8 Xavier at home last year, No. 13 New Mexico in 2009 and No. 3 Kansas in 2006.
    They also have Niles, an athletic, 6-foot-5 guard who's 12th nationally with 20.9 points per game and had scored at least 26 in three straight.
    Turns out, there was no worry about a letdown.
    Crisp on offense and aggressive on defense, the Wildcats hit five of their first six shots and forced five turnovers in the first four minutes to take a quick eight-point lead.
    Arizona didn't let up, either, pushing the lead to 45-31 by halftime after hitting 17 of 27 shots, including 7 of 11 from 3-point range. Lyons had 14 points, Johnson 12.
    No. 25 N.C. State 88, Stanford 79
    At Raleigh, N.C., Lorenzo Brown scored 18 of his season-high 24 points after halftime to help North Carolina State pull away to beat Stanford.
    Scott Wood scored 15 of his 17 in the first half for the Wolfpack (8-2), who earned a fourth straight win with another high-scoring performance at home. It also allowed N.C. State to avenge a road loss last year in which the Wolfpack blew a 12-point lead in the second half.
    California 68,UC Santa Barbara 59
    At Berkeley, Calif., freshman Tyrone Wallace had 10 points and 10 rebounds and California held off a late run to beat UC Santa Barbara.
    Robert Thurman, a walk-on two years ago, scored a season-high 14 points for the Golden Bears (7-3), who snapped a three-game losing streak. Allen Crabbe added 12 points while David Kravish had 10.
    UCLA 89, Long Beach St. 70
    At Los Angeles, Jordan Adams scored 24 points, Shabazz Muhammad added 21, and UCLA defeated Long Beach State for the Bruins' fourth consecutive victory.
    The winning streak is the longest of the season for the Bruins (8-3), who opened with three straight victories before losing two of their next three to fall out of the Top 25.
Reader Reaction

      calendar