No. 7 Arizona has little trouble with Colorado
BOULDER, Colo. — Stanley Johnson scored 11 of his 15 points in the second half and No. 7 Arizona beat struggling Colorado 82-54 on Thursday night.
Kaleb Tarczewski scored 14 points on his 22nd birthday and Gabe York also had 14 points for the Wildcats. Arizona has won five straight and can clinch the Pac-12 title with a win at Utah on Saturday.
The Wildcats (25-3, 13-2) led by 12 at halftime and made it 43-30 at the start of the second half. Tarczewski then scored eight straight points to give Arizona a 51-32 lead with 14:30 left.
Colorado (12-15, 5-9) had trouble taking care of the ball in the second half. The Buffs committed four turnovers in the first 20 minutes and coughed it up six times in the first 10 minutes of the second half.
No. 3 GONZAGA 59, SAN DIEGO 39: At Spokane, Wash., Przemek Karnowski scored 11 of his 14 points in the second half, Domantas Sabonis added 11 off the bench and Gonzaga won its 22nd straight.
With the West Coast Conference regular-season title already wrapped up, the Bulldogs (29-1, 17-0 WCC) were mostly uninspired for the first 20 minutes against the Toreros before pulling away in the second half.
Karnowski scored eight points in the first six minutes of the second half and the Bulldogs' superior size on the interior overcame an off shooting night from the outside. Kevin Pangos hit a 3-pointer to start the game, but Gonzaga missed its next nine and finished just 3 of 12 behind the arc.
Brandon Perry led San Diego (14-15, 7-10) with nine points. Leading scorer Johnny Dee was held to six.
No. 13 UTAH 83, ARIZONA STATE 41: At Salt Lake City, Delon Wright scored 12 points and did a little bit of everything for Utah.
The Utes put the game away in the first half with a stunning 41-9 advantage.
Wright had five rebounds, four assists, three blocks and three steals in just 21 minutes. Center Jacob Poeltl finished with eight points, six rebounds and six blocks.
The Sun Devils shot just 15.4 percent in the first half, with an 0-for-9 start. The team had four field goals and 10 turnovers at halftime and had 10 shots blocked.
Gerry Blakes scored 12 points for Arizona State, as did Willie Atwood. The 41 points were a season low.
No. 21 SMU 66, MEMPHIS 57: At Memphis, Tenn., Nic Moore scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half and SMU pulled away to beat Memphis.
Moore's 3-pointer with 3:27 left capped a 15-4 run for the Mustangs (23-5, 14-2 American Athletic Conference), breaking open a 48-all game. Ryan Manuel and Yanick Moreira added 11 points each to help the Mustangs win their fifth straight and 21st in 23 games.
Shaq Goodwin led Memphis (17-11, 9-6) with 17 points and seven rebounds. Nick King added 14 points, connecting on five of seven shots — including both from outside the arc.