Arizona 74, New Mexico State 48
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[December 12, 2013]
TUCSON, Ariz. — Brandon Ashley scored 15 points and connected on all three of his
3-point attempts as the top-ranked Arizona Wildcats crushed the visiting
New Mexico State Aggies 74-48.
Kaleb Tarczewski scored 14 points, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson
finished with 12-points and a game-high eight rebounds and Aaron
Gordon added 11 points for Arizona (10-0). The Wildcats took over
the No. 1 national ranking on Monday for the first time since 2003.
Daniel Mullings scored a game-high 18 points for New Mexico State
(7-5). The Aggies, who lost their fourth straight game, shot just
32.6 percent from the floor and were 2-of-11 from 3-point range.
Despite spending the final nine minutes on the bench after picking
up his second foul, Ashley still had a team-best 10 points in the
first half. After a Mullings' jumper gave the Aggies an early 10-5
lead, Ashley scored seven points during a 13-1 run by the Wildcats
over the next 4:52 en route to a 32-24 halftime lead.
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New Mexico State got as close as six points twice early in
the second half before Arizona took control with a 12-3 spurt
capped by a dunk by Tarczewski off a pass from Ashley. The
Wildcats closed the game out with another 16-3 run and held the
Aggies without a field goal over the final 8:44.
GAME NOTEBOOK: The Wildcats came into the game ranked No. 2 in
the country in rebounding margin (plus-14.1) and finished with a
38-22 edge on the boards. ... Arizona improved to 34-4 in
non-conference home games under Sean Miller. ... The Wildcats
next play at No. 25 Michigan on Saturday.
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