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Arizona Wildcats basketball

UA's blowout ends 5-game skid vs. ASU

Cats shoot 75% in second half against vaunted Sun Devil defense


Arizona ended its five-game losing streak Saturday against Arizona State, shutting down the first-place Sun Devils 79-58.

After surviving a shaky first 10 minutes at Wells Fargo Arena that saw the Wildcats struggling to penetrate the Sun Devils' match-up zone - shooting 3-for-17 from the field - Arizona managed to rally and even briefly take the lead. They trailed by 2 at the half.

Arizona State struggled from the free throw line, aiding the Cats' comeback, and proved a difference maker in the second half as well. ASU ended up shooting 58 percent from the stripe.

A 13-0 run early in the second half against that vaunted Sun Devil defense was key. The Cats shot 75 percent (18 of 24) from the floor in the second half.

Derrick Williams continues to make his case for Pac-10 freshman of the year with 20 points and 6 rebounds. This comes after his combined totals of 40 points and 20 boards against the Oregon schools.

The Wildcat back court also continues to impress.

Kyle Fogg, who has been on a run of late, led all scorers with 21 points, shooting 50 percent from the field. Nic Wise overcame an off night (3-8 from the field) by hitting 9 of 10 from the free-throw line and deftly managing the game with 6 assists and only 3 turnovers.

The Wildcats (10-9, 4-3) have been inconsistent all season, but with solid guard play and the continuing emergence of Derrick Williams, their streak of 25 NCAA tournament appearances may yet be extended. Along with ASU (14-6, 4-3), the Cats are part of a four-team logjam for second place in the Pac-10 behind California.

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