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  • Wildcats romp to easy victory over Huskies

  • TUCSON, Ariz. — Solomon Hill had 19 points, Mark Lyons added 14 and No. 12 Arizona pulled away after an uninspired start to beat Washington 70-52 Wednesday night.
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  • TUCSON, Ariz. — Solomon Hill had 19 points, Mark Lyons added 14 and No. 12 Arizona pulled away after an uninspired start to beat Washington 70-52 Wednesday night.
    Whether it was the late tipoff or the rare snowstorm outside, Arizona (22-4, 10-4 Pac-12) was sluggish at the start, needing nearly 12 minutes just to crack double figures. Once they got rolling, the Wildcats didn't stop, revving up the rowdy crowd inside McKale Center with fastbreak layups and tenacious defense.
    Nick Johnson added 12 points, five assists and keyed a second-half run that put the game out of reach.
    Washington (14-13, 6-8) failed to take advantage of Arizona's slow start thanks to a tough night on offense.
    The Huskies shot 30 percent and were 1 of 11 from 3-point range to lose their fifth straight road game. C.J. Wilcox had 15 points and Abdul Gaddy added 12.
    The Wildcats and Huskies played a brutal game in Seattle on Jan. 31, combining to miss 26 3-pointers while neither team hit 60 points.
    Arizona won it 57-53, overcoming 17 turnovers and a 3-for-18 night from the arc behind one of its better defensive efforts of the season. The Wildcats held Wilcox to 11 points on 4-of-16 shooting and the Huskies to 1 of 12 from 3-point range to pull out the not-so-pretty victory.
    The Wildcats were 10 for 28 from the floor in the first half, but led 33-25 with the assist of a technical foul on Washington center Aziz N'Diaye for tossing Arizona's Kevin Parrom to the floor in a loose-ball scrum.
    Johnson made sure the Huskies didn't make up any ground to start the second half. He scored on the break after a pair of bounce passes from Lyons, knocked down a 3-pointer and added another layup in transition.
    Arizona State 69,Washington State 57
    At Tempe, Ariz., Carrick Felix had 23 points and 11 rebounds, Jahii Carson scored 21 and Arizona State earned its 20th victory of the season by beating Washington State.
    Jordan Bachynski added 12 points for the Sun Devils (20-7, 9-5 Pac-12).
    Brock Motum scored 17, Royce Woolridge 16 and DaVonte Lacy 15 for the last-place Cougars (11-16, 2-12) in their seventh loss in a row.
    Arizona State finished the first half with a 14-3 run to lead 36-22 at the break and was up by as many as 21 before Washington State cut it to eight in the late going.
    The Sun Devils, one of the worst free-throw shooting teams in the country this season, sealed the win with eight straight in the final 1:35.
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