Lyons leads No. 7 Arizona past Arizona State
Tempe, AZ (Sports Network) - Mark Lyons poured in 24 points on 8-of-15 shooting from the field to lead seventh-ranked Arizona to a 71-54 win over Arizona State Saturday at Wells Fargo Arena.
Nick Johnson added 19 points and Solomon Hill finished with 13 points, six rebounds and five assists for the Wildcats (16-1, 4-1 Pac-12), who will host No. 24 UCLA on Thursday.
Jahii Carson scored 22 points and Evan Gordon had 14 for the Sun Devils (14-4, 3-2), who have dropped two straight on the heels of a six-game winning streak.
The teams exchanged baskets for most of the first half until Johnson's triple sparked a 9-2 run to put Arizona ahead 29-22 with just under two minutes to go. ASU, though, scored the final four points of the half.
The Wildcats opened the second half with a 15-9 surge to go up 44-35 with just over seven minutes played.
The Sun Devils countered with a 7-0 burst of its own to pull within 44-42, but Arizona opened up a 13-2 run to go up 57-44 with 6 1/2 minutes remaining.
ASU was able to cut the deficit to 59-50 one minute later, but it would be as close as it would get as Arizona coasted to its second straight win following a 70-66 setback to Oregon on Jan. 10.
This was the 223rd all-time meeting between the schools. Arizona holds a 143-80 advantage in the series ... The Wildcats forced 17 turnovers while limiting themselves to just nine giveaways.
01/19 17:08:51 ET