No. 19 Wildcats Down Aztecs 74-58
Dec. 22, 2007
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- Jordan Hill had 15 points and 10 rebounds as No. 19 Arizona defeated San Diego State 74-58 on Saturday, the Wildcats' sixth straight victory.
It was the third double-double of the season and second in a row for Hill. The 6-foot-10 sophomore was 6-of-7 from the field to lead the Wildcats in scoring for the third time in four games.
Jerryd Bayless had 15 points, Chase Budinger added 13 and Nic Wise had 12 as the Wildcats (9-2) tuned up for their Dec. 29 trip to No. 2 Memphis.
Kyle Spain scored 20 points for the Aztecs (9-3), who have dropped two of their last three.
This was the Arizona's second game since the school announced that Kevin O'Neill would succeed Hall of Famer Lute Olson when he retires. O'Neill took over as interim coach when Olson went on a personal leave of absence Nov. 4.
Olson hired O'Neill last spring to help the Wildcats improve their defense. They have done that.
The Wildcats had limited their last two opponents to 50 points or fewer; last year, Arizona held only two opponents under 50 all season.
Arizona held San Diego State to 32.2 percent shooting.
Though they were having trouble scoring, the Aztecs wouldn't give in. Trailing by 10 early in the second half, they pulled within 42-38 on Billy White's putback.
But just as it appeared that a holiday upset might be brewing, the Wildcats answered with a 14-6 run capped by Wise's 3-pointer from the top of the key with 8:03 to go.
Wise hit another 3-pointer a minute later to put the Wildcats up 59-48. Wise had only six shots from beyond the arc in Arizona's first 10 games.
The Aztecs wouldn't come closer than nine points the rest of the way.
Arizona defeated San Diego State for the sixth straight time and improved to 19-5 all-time against the Aztecs.