No. 4 Arizona cruises past Oral Roberts | College basketball
Mark Lyons scored 17 points, Grant Jerrett scored 15 and No. 4 Arizona showed no signs of a letdown after its biggest win of the season...
TUCSON, Ariz. — Mark Lyons scored 17 points, Grant Jerrett scored 15 and No. 4 Arizona showed no signs of a letdown after its biggest win of the season, rolling over Oral Roberts 89-64 Tuesday night.
Arizona (9-0) pulled off an improbable victory over then-No. 5 Florida on Saturday and leaves for a tournament in Hawaii on Thursday. The Wildcats had no trouble keeping their focus, racing out to a 17-point first-half lead and shooting 57 percent overall.
"If you want to be labeled as a great team or a team that has a chance to win a national championship, you have to get over games like the Florida game," Arizona forward Solomon Hill said. "You need to have focus and we were able to do that."
Brandon Ashley had 14 points for Arizona, off to its best start since opening 12-0 in 1987-88.
Oral Roberts (5-5) has a history of knocking off power programs, but never had a shot against the rolling Wildcats.
Other Top 10 games
At No. 7 Ohio State 65, Winthrop 55
Deshaun Thomas scored 21 points — missing nine straight shots at one point and making five in a row at another — to lead Ohio State past Winthrop.
It was the last tuneup for the Buckeyes (9-1) before Saturday's rematch with No. 9 Kansas. The Jayhawks beat them twice last year, once at Allen Fieldhouse and then in the Final Four.
At No. 9 Kansas 87, Richmond 59
Jeff Withey had 17 points and 13 rebounds, Ben McLemore added 14 points and Kansas used another big first-half run to put away Richmond.
Travis Releford and Naadir Tharpe each scored 11 points for the Jayhawks (9-1), who will ride an eight-game winning streak into Saturday's showdown at Ohio State.
Other Pac-12 games
At No. 25 N.C. State 88,
Lorenzo Brown scored 18 of his season-high 24 points after halftime to help North Carolina State pull away from Stanford.
Scott Wood scored 15 of his 17 in the first half for North Carolina State (8-2), which earned a fourth straight win.
The victory also allowed N.C. State to avenge a road loss last year in which the Wolfpack blew a 12-point lead in the second half.
Dwight Powell continued his recent strong play for the Cardinal (7-4), scoring 23 points for his fourth 20-point performance in five games.
At UCLA 89,
Long Beach St. 70
Jordan Adams scored 24 points, Shabazz Muhammad had 21, and UCLA (8-3) defeated Long Beach State (4-7) for the Bruins' third consecutive victory.
At California 68, UCSB 59
Tyrone Wallace had 10 points and 10 rebounds and California (7-3) held off a late run to beat UC Santa Barbara (4-6).
At Utah 62,
Southern Methodist 53
Justin Seymour scored 11 points, including the go-ahead three-pointer, to lift Utah (7-3) over SMU (8-3).