Arizona State holds off UC Irvine in second half

TEMPE, Ariz. — Shaquielle McKissic scored 15 of his 18 points in the second half as Arizona State held off the UC Irvine 74-61 on Saturday.

The Sun Devils (11-2) took control of a tight game with an 11-0 run in the first half, taking a 23-15 lead after a 3-of-19 start from the field in the first 11 minutes. McKissic hit 5-of-6 from the field in the second half and added four rebounds and three assists for Arizona State, which has won four straight.

Irvine's 7-foot-6 freshman Mamadou Ndiaye scored 12 points, all in the second half, and had 12 rebounds for the Anteaters (7-7). Irvine got within six twice in the final four minutes but turned the ball over twice in the final 1:43, leading to four Sun Devil points.

Jahii Carson had 16 points while Jordan Bachynski had nine points and 10 rebounds for the Sun Devils.

Jonathan Gilling scored eight of his 13 points in the first half, making 3-of-4 3-pointers for Arizona State, who led 35-23 at the break.

Will Davis II hit four of his first five shots and finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds for Irvine. Luke Nelson added 12 points.

Ndiaye missed his first two shots, made two turnovers and grabbed six rebounds in 11 minutes of the first half playing against the 7-foot-2 Jordan Bachynski. In the second half, Ndiaye made 6-of-7 from the field and had just one turnover, but picked up his fourth foul with 7:23 left.

Alex Young, a former Phoenix High standout, scored six points as Irvine cut a 17-point lead to eight but he picked up his fourth foul with 8:37 remaining to slow the charge. The Anteaters later ran off eight straight points to get within 60-54 after Chris McNealy's 5-footer with 4:08 remaining. Irvine is 1-3 against Pac-12 teams and has lost four of its last six games.

UCLA 75, Alabama 67

At Los Angeles, Tony Parker scored 16 points, including two free tie-breaking free throws with 56.8 seconds remaining, leading UCLA to a win.

The Crimson Tide (5-7) was led by Trevor Releford, who scored a season-high 34 points. He scored five consecutive points down the stretch, tying the score at 67 with 1:24 remaining in the game.

Parker's free throws gave the Bruins a 69-67 lead. They then scored their remaining points at the free-throw line.

No. 21 Colorado 84, Georgia 70

At Boulder, Colo., Askia Booker scored 12 of his 19 points in the second half, and Colorado finished strong to beat Georgia.

Spencer Dinwiddie added 17 points for Colorado and Josh Scott had 14 points and 13 rebounds for his sixth double double this season and eighth of his career.

California 90, Furman 60

At Berkeley, Calif., Justin Cobbs and Tyrone Wallace each scored 18 points in helping California remain unbeaten at home.

Jeff Powers, who came off the bench, added a career-high 18 points on six 3-pointers for the Bears (9-4), who improved to 8-0 at home. Richard Solomon added 10 points and 12 rebounds.

Utah 124, Saint Katherine 51

At Salt Lake City, Jordan Loveridge scored 17 points and Dakarai Tucker added 14 to help Utah overwhelm St. Katherine to extend its home winning streak to 13 games.

Ahmad Fields tallied 13 points, Parker Van Dyke had 11 and Dallin Bachynski 10 as the Utes shot 67 percent from the field. Delon Wright posted 15 rebounds and six assists against the Firebirds, who fell to 2-13.


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