Arizona Defeats Arizona State

Feb. 21, 2001

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - Gilbert Arenas scored 18 of his game-high 22 points inthe second half as No. 8 Arizona rebounded from a slow start to rout ArizonaState 88-58 on Wednesday night.

Michael Wright added 15 points and 12 rebounds, and Eugene Edgerson had 12points for the Wildcats (19-7, 11-3 Pac-10), who won their 12th straightagainst the Sun Devils (11-14, 3-11). Arizona has won five of its last six, and11 of 13 overall.

Brad Nahra, a former walk-on, scored 12 points and Chad Prewitt added 11 forArizona State, which lost for the fourth time in five games. The Sun Devilshave lost seven of their last nine at home, including a 1-6 mark in the Pac-10.

Arenas, who scored 23 in Arizona's 86-75 victory over the Sun Devils lastmonth, hit a pair of 3-pointers and added two free throws as Arizona opened thesecond half with a 15-0 run to extend a nine-point halftime lead to 49-25 with16:29 remaining.

Shawn Redhage ended the Sun Devils' scoring drought on a layup with 16:12 togo, but the Wildcats' onslaught continued.

Arenas scored all his second-half points in the first nine minutes of thehalf as the Wildcats outscored Arizona State 27-5 to take a 61-34 lead with10:35 to play.

Arizona led by as many as 35 in the final minutes.

The Wildcats' torrid second-half start stood in stark contrast to theWildcats' sluggish first 20 minutes.

Awvee Storey's 18-foot jumper gave the Sun Devils an 11-8 lead with 12:53left in the first half. But Justin Wessel and Jason Gardner hit consecutive3-pointers to spark an 8-0 run and put Arizona ahead 16-11. And the Wildcatsslowly stretched their lead from there.

Arizona opened its biggest lead of the first half, 28-16, when Wright hitthe second of two free throws with 4:21 remaining.

The Wildcats hit just 8-of-20 field-goal attempts, but used a steady supplyof free throws to take a 34-25 halftime lead.

Wright, the Wildcats' leading scorer at 16.5 points per game, missed hisonly field-goal attempt of the first half but was 9-of-11 from the line.

As a team, the Wildcats connected on 16-of-21 first-half free-throw attemptsto match the pattern established in the teams' first meeting Jan. 24. Arizonatook advantage of 44 Arizona State fouls to take a 32-9 advantage at the linein its victory over the Sun Devils.

The Wildcats finished 36-of-47 from the line, compared to the Sun Devils'14-for-23.

Among the 54 fouls called were three technicals, including a flagrant fouland ejection on Storey with 5:38 remaining. Prewitt and Arizona's RichardJefferson also were called for technicals.

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