Arizona 69, Southern 43
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[December 20, 2013]
TUCSON, Ariz. — No. 1 Arizona 69, Southern 43:
Freshman forward Aaron Gordon scored a season-high 21 points to lead the
host Wildcats to their 26th consecutive nonconference victory.
Nick Johnson scored 13 of his 17 points in the second half for
Arizona (12-0), which entered the week ranked eighth in the nation
in scoring defense at 59.1 points. Brandon Ashley finished with 11
points and 10 rebounds for his second double-double of the season
for the Wildcats.
Malcolm Miller had 11 points and six rebounds to lead the starters
for Southern (3-8), which shot 34 percent from the field. Calvin
Godfrey scored all 11 of his points in the second half and fellow
reserve Tre Lynch added 10 points for the Jaguars.
Arizona point guard T.J. McConnell had five of his six assists in
the opening half as his penetration was the key to the Wildcats
building a sizable lead. He assisted on three straight inside
baskets by Gordon to give Arizona a 26-11 advantage with seven
minutes remaining in the first half.
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Arizona’s lead was again 15 when Southern started the second
half by scoring seven of the first nine points to trim the
deficit to 10. That was as close as the Jaguars would get, as
Gordon scored all his team’s points in an 8-2 run that gave the
Wildcats a 44-28 lead with 13 1/2 minutes remaining.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Arizona played without starting center Kaleb
Tarczewski, who suffered a sprained right ankle Saturday against
Michigan. Freshman Rondae Hollis-Jefferson made his first career
start and finished with eight points and eight rebounds. … The
Wildcats shot 22-for-37 from the free-throw line to sink their
season percentage to 66.5 … Arizona outrebounded its 12th
consecutive opponent to start the season, 39-33.
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