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No. 1 Arizona men improve to 13-0

Nick Johnson scored 20 points and top-ranked Arizona rolled past Northern Arizona 77-44 to complete its second straight undefeated nonconference season.


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TUCSON, Ariz. – Nick Johnson scored 20 points, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson added 14 and top-ranked Arizona rolled over Northern Arizona 77-44 on Monday night to complete its second straight undefeated nonconference season.

Arizona (13-0) played its second consecutive game without injured center Kaleb Tarczewski, but didn’t really need him, grabbing control with a 27-4 first-half run.

The Wildcats dominated the Lumberjacks defensively, holding them to 36 percent shooting while scoring 18 points off 23 turnovers. Arizona has won 27 straight nonconference games.

Brandon Ashley had 11 points and nine rebounds for the Wildcats, who don’t play again until their Pac-12 opener at home against Washington State on Jan. 2.

“We’re good, but we can get a lot better,” Johnson said. “Hey, 13-0, we’ll take that. Now we’ve just got to get ready for conference.”

Aaseem Dixon had nine points for Northern Arizona (3-8).

Of Arizona, Lumberjacks coach Jack Murphy said, “Best defensive team I’ve seen in a long time.”

Oregon State wins

HONOLULU – Roberto Nelson scored eight of his 17 points in the final minute to help Oregon State beat George Mason 58-54 in a consolation-round game of the Diamond Head Classic.

Devon Collier added 15 points for Oregon State (7-3).

Bryon Allen scored 15 points and Patrick Holloway made four three-pointers to finish with 12 points for George Mason (5-6).

Collier’s layup with 1:56 left gave Oregon State a 50-49 lead.

George Mason’s Marko Gujanicic missed a three-point attempt on the next possession and Nelson connected on a jumper as the shot clock expired to extend the lead to 52-49 with 41 seconds remaining.

Nelson was 6 of 6 from the free-throw line in the game’s final 29 seconds and converted all 10 of his attempts in the game.

The Beavers played without senior starting center Angus Brandt, who suffered a leg injury in Sunday’s loss to Akron.

Notes

• Gonzaga, a 72-62 loser to Kansas State on Saturday, dropped to 24th from 21st in the Associated Press media poll and to 21st from 15th in the USA Today coaches poll.

• The Gonzaga women’s team moved up one spot in the AP poll, from 25th to 24th.



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