Johnson, No. 18 Arizona down Arizona State
Tucson, AZ (Sports Network) - Nick Johnson scored 17 points and Kevin Parrom added 13 points and seven rebounds to lead 18th-ranked Arizona to a 73-58 win over Arizona State on Saturday.
Solomon Hill added 12 points, five rebounds and five assists and Kaleb Tarczewski finished with nine points and eight boards for the Wildcats (24-6, 12-6 Pac-12), who had dropped two in a row entering the contest.
With the win, Arizona secured the second seed in the upcoming Pac-12 Tournament.
Carrick Felix scored 20 points and Jahii Carson added 15 for the Sun Devils (20-11, 9-9), who have dropped four straight and seven of their final 10 games.
Jonathan Gilling canned a trey with just under 11 1/2 minutes remaining to pull Arizona State within 48-43, but it was downhill from there for the Sun Devils.
Johnson scored the final seven points on a 9-2 spurt that put Arizona on top 57-45 with 8:56 to go.
Carson split a pair of free throws to make it an 11 point game, but Hill's three-point play ignited a 15-2 surge to push the Wildcats' lead to 73-50 with 2:12 left.
Arizona State scored the final eight points of the game, but it wasn't nearly enough as Arizona cruised to a win in the 224th meeting between the schools.
The Sun Devils stayed within striking distance throughout the first half, but Mark Lyons buried a trey with just under eight minutes left to spark an 11-4 run to give Arizona a 31-20 lead.
The Wildcats closed the first half with a 9-5 sequence to take a 40-25 lead into the break.
Arizona improved to 14-2 at home this season ... The Wildcats hold a 144-80 edge in the all-time series ... Arizona State was outrebounded by a 32-22 margin.
03/09 19:25:46 ET