Tucson, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - Aaron Gordon scored 19 points and pulled down
eight rebounds to lead No. 2 Arizona to a 79-58 win over Texas Tech on
Gordon was 7-for-10 from the field but finished a dreadful 4-for-12 from the
free throw line.
Brandon Ashley posted a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds and Nick
Johnson finished with 18 points on 4-of-6 shooting from 3-point range for the
Wildcats (8-0), who will face UNLV on Dec. 7.
"We outscored Texas Tech by 16 points combining the first four minutes in each
half. So if you look at that from that perspective, That's good. For the
majority of both halves," said Arizona coach Sean Miller.
Kader Tapsoba poured in a team-high 13 points while Jaye Crockett and Aaron
Ross finished with 11 and 10 points, respectively, for the Red Raiders (6-3),
who had won two straight entering the contest.
"In the Big 12, there are a couple of top 10 teams. We just played against the
No. 2 team and now we know what is going to come up so we won't be surprised
by it when it does," Ross.
Arizona led from the jump, racing out to an early 10-0 lead just over 3 1/2
The Wildcats' margin swelled to 13, 23-10, after an Ashley layup at the 7:52
mark. The Red Raiders managed to pull within 23-18 on a Crockett layup, but
Arizona closed the half on a 12-7 swing to take a 35-25 lead into the break.
Arizona's lead swelled to 20 after a pair of Ashley free throws and Texas Tech
couldn't get closer than 15 the rest of the way.
Arizona shot 50 percent from the field, but was just 19-for-33 from the free
throw line ... The Wildcats outrebounded Texas Tech 43-23 ... T.J. McConnell
had 10 assists for Arizona ... The Red Raiders were just 1-for-11 from beyond