No. 17 Arizona gets back on track over ASU
Tucson, AZ (Sports Network) – Chase Budinger scored a game-high 21 points and
pulled down 10 rebounds, as 17th-ranked Arizona trounced Arizona State, 71-47,
at McKale Center.
Budinger was a perfect 7-of-7 from the charity stripe and added a pair of
assists for the Wildcats (14-5, 5-4 Pac-10), who snapped a three-game losing
streak, the program’s longest since 1983-84. Jawann McClellan had 14 points
for Arizona, Jordan Hill chipped in 12 points to go along with nine rebounds,
and Ivan Radenovic donated 11 points in the effort.
Arizona’s Marcus Williams did not play in the contest, as the sophomore was
suspended for the game due to unspecified violations of team policy. The 6-
foot-7 forward is averaging 18.1 points, 7.6 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 18
starts this season for the Wildcats.
Christian Polk was one of just two players in double figures for the Sun
Devils (6-14, 0-9) who have suffered ten straight setbacks and have yet to
post a win in conference action. Polk finished the night with 11 points,
while Serge Angounou ended with 10 points and six boards in a losing cause.
Arizona opened the game on an 8-0 run. Budinger started things off with a pair
of free throws, while Hill capped the surge with dunk at 17:15.
The game went back-and-forth over the next 11 minutes, until the Sun Devils
grabbed their first lead of the night, 18-17, on Derek Glasser’s trey at 7:20.
The Wildcats quickly regained the lead, as McClellan netted his own three-
point shot. Arizona then used a 17-8 spurt to close out the first half,
cruising into the break with a 37-26 edge.
The Sun Devils never pulled closer than 10 in the second half, as Angounou’s
three-point play made it 41-31 with 17:12 remaining.
The last time Arizona lost four consecutive games was January 5-14,
1984…Arizona leads the all-time series, 137-73.