No. 1 Arizona Handles San Diego St.
By BERNIE WILSON
AP Sports Writer
SAN DIEGO - Will Bynum scored 19 points and Rick Anderson had 17 pointsand 10 rebounds as No. 1 Arizona beat San Diego State 89-81 on Saturday night,the Wildcats' narrowest victory margin this season.
The Wildcats (4-0) had won their first three games by an average of 36points.
Arizona still easily handled San Diego State (2-3) even though their twobest players, Luke Walton and Jason Gardner, had off nights. Gardner, whoaverages 17.3 points per game, scored just nine. Walton scored seven points,three more than his average for this season but well below the 15.7 points heaveraged last year.
The Wildcats led by 17 points with six minutes left after a hook shot byAnderson. San Diego State kept it interesting, though, by scoring the nextseven points to close to 78-68, including a 3-pointer by highly touted freshmanEvan Burns, who was making his debut after being declared eligible by the NCAAon Thursday.
The Aztecs couldn't get any closer until the final minute, when Tony Bland,who'd had a horrible game up until then, hit a 3-pointer and a slam dunk. Heand Deandre Moore led the Aztecs with 16 points apiece.
Still, Bland made just 7 of 21 shots. The rest of the Aztecs were 25-of-52.Mike Mackell scored 15 before fouling out.
This game would have been a matchup of Walton brothers, but San DiegoState's Chris Walton is redshirting this year. Their father, Hall of Famer BillWalton, did color commentary for ESPN.
Burns, a McDonald's All-American while at Fairfax High in Los Angeles,scored seven points in his debut. He enrolled at SDSU in September after beingdenied admission to UCLA.
San Diego State stayed with the Wildcats during a fast-paced stretch midwaythrough the first half, tying it at 21 on a layup by Tommy Johnson with 8:22left.
But Arizona's press and talent level, combined with poor shooting by theAztecs, caught up with the San Diego State, which trailed 44-35 at halftime.
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