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No. 8 Arizona opens strong

TEMPE, Ariz. — Arizona coach Sean Miller is not someone who likes to dwell on the past, so naturally he downplayed the significance of beating rival Arizona State after consecutive losses in Tempe.

Gabe York had a different view. The senior guard remembered how it felt losing at Wells Fargo Arena the previous two seasons and wanted nothing more than to get some payback against the Sun Devils.

York took the game into his own hands in the second half. He hit a trio of 3-pointers during a key run and made eight free throws in the final 1:18 to help No. 8 Arizona to hold off rival Arizona State 94-82 on Sunday in both teams' Pac-12 opener.

"It's a place the last two years we've lost and that was always in the back of my mind," said York, who made 4 of 7 from 3-point range and 8 of 10 free throws to score 24 points. "It definitely was a fulfilling win."

Arizona (13-1) dominated inside in the first half and built a 16-point lead in the second on a barrage of 3-pointers led by York. The Wildcats shot 55 percent overall and made 7 of 12 from 3-point range, including 5 of 8 in the second half.

Allonzo Trier scored 20 points and Ryan Anderson finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds for Arizona.

The Sun Devils (10-4) cut Arizona's lead to six with three minutes left but couldn't climb all the way back. York made sure of it, hitting 8 of 10 free throws, including three after a pair of technical fouls against Arizona State coach Bobby Hurley, who was ejected.

Tra Holder had 24 points, and Obinna Oleka added 17 for the Sun Devils.

"Our guys fought hard with the deficit in the second half and put ourselves in position," Hurley said. "We were just on the perimeter of getting back in the game and never could quite get over the hump there to really put some pressure on them late."

Arizona State was one of the surprises of the nonconference season, playing at an up-tempo pace and the same hard-nosed style Hurley had in his days at Duke.

The Sun Devils did not shoot well from the perimeter early in the season before starting to find their stroke the past three games. They had the range dialed early against their rivals, hitting 5 of 11 from the arc while building a nine-point lead.

Arizona State's shooting took a big dip when Arizona turned up the defensive pressure, going more than five minutes without a point.

Arizona ran through its nonconference schedule with one loss — to No. 12 Providence — despite playing eight games without 7-foot center Kaleb Tarczewski (foot injury) and six without junior guard Elliott Pitts (personal reasons).

Tarczewski returned, but came off the bench, though Pitts spent the game in street clothes again.

Tarczewski gave the Wildcats a spark after they fell into the early hole, scoring five points during a 14-0 run. He and Dusan Ristic helped the Wildcats dominate Arizona State inside, scoring 15 combined points to put Arizona up 41-35 at halftime.

"I don't think we win this game without Kaleb's contribution," Arizona coach Sean Miller said.

The second half was a defensive battle early before Arizona kicked its offense into higher gear. Sparked by York's trio of 3-pointers, the Wildcats used a 13-4 run to go up 66-53 and pushed the lead to 16.

Arizona State wasn't quite done, though.

Kody Justice scored on a four-point play and Oleka dunked over Anderson during a 12-2 run that cut Arizona's lead to 78-72 with about three minutes left.

Holder added a 3-pointer to keep the Sun Devils within six, but Hurley was ejected after a string of foul calls sent the Wildcats to the line. Arizona made 13 of 14 free throws in the final 1:18 to seal the victory.

"We fought hard, but we just fell short," said Arizona State's Gerry Blakes, who had 12 points.

CALIFORNIA 71, NO. 21 UTAH 58: At Berkeley, Calif., Ivan Rabb scored 11 of his season-high 19 points in the final 6:45 and California beat No. 21 Utah, handing the Utes their second straight loss.

Jordan Mathews added 14 points, hitting two late 3-pointers, and Tyrone Wallace had 10 points and six assists for the Golden Bears (12-3, 2-0 Pac-12).

Jakob Poeltl led Utah (11-4, 0-2) with 19 points and 10 rebounds, and Kevin Taylor added 15 points. The Utes were coming off an overtime loss at Stanford on Friday night.

After Utah cut it to 52-48 on Poeltla's two free throws with 7:08 remaining, Rabb had a three-point play and Mathews followed with a 3-pointer. Taylor made two free throws for the Utes, but Rabb scored Cal's next eight points, including a 16-foot turnaround jumper from the baseline to help keep the Bears unbeaten at home.

WASHINGTON STATE 85, NO. 25 UCLA 78: At Pullman, Wash., Josh Hawkinson had 20 points and 10 rebounds and Washington State beat No. 25 UCLA, notching a rare win over the Bruins.

Que Johnson and Renard Suggs each scored 14 points for Washington State (9-5, 1-1 Pac-12). The Cougars lost to Southern California in the conference opener on Friday.

Isaac Hamilton scored 27 points for UCLA (9-6, 0-2), which was coming off a double-overtime loss at Washington. UCLA's Bryce Alford, coming off a 30-point performance at Washington, was held to nine points.

Washington State shot 60 percent in the second half and 55 percent in the game, while holding the Bruins to 41 percent.

WASHINGTON 87, USC 75: At Seattle, Andrew Andrews hit a go-ahead putback with 25 seconds left as Washington erased a 22-point second-half deficit and rallied for an improbable win.

The Huskies (10-4, 2-0) trailed 66-44 with 14:18 left before coming back against the Trojans (12-3, 1-1), who had won seven straight but played the final 16 minutes without injured guard Julian Jacobs.

USC took an 85-78 lead on a layup by Nikola Jovanovic with 2:12 left but the Huskies answered with eight straight points, taking an 86-85 lead on Andrew's basket.

After Elijah Stewart missed for USC with 7 seconds left, Andrews was fouled on the rebound and made the second of two free throws to make it 87-85 with 4.2 seconds left.

Boatwright, Jacobs and Jordan McLaughlin each had 15 points for the Trojans.

COLORADO 56, STANFORD 55: At Stanford, Calif., Josh Scott had 14 points and 14 rebounds and Colorado beat Stanford, ending a two-game losing streak.

George King added 12 points for the Buffaloes (12-3, 1-1 Pac-12), who extended their winning streak over Stanford to five games. Josh Fortune had 10.

Michael Humphrey scored 19 points to lead the Cardinal (8-5, 1-1), who had a three-game winning streak end. Stanford had won six of its previous seven.

Arizona's Gabe York celebrates as the final seconds expire on Sunday. AP PHOTO