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Markkanen, Trier lead Arizona to 69-60 win over Saint Mary's

Salt Lake City (AP) Lauri Markkanen and Allonzo Trier combined for 30 points and No. 2-seeded Arizona rallied to defeat No. 7 Saint Mary's 69-60 and advance to the West Regional's Sweet Sixteen on Saturday night.

The Wildcats were on the ropes in the first half, but found life in the second half to pull away for the win.

The teams went back and forth in the second 20 minutes until Arizona went on an 11-2 run sparked by Trier, who took over the second half. He scored nine of those 11 points during the stretch with a dribble-drive layup, midrange jumpers and a 3-pointer. The run gave the Wildcats a 55-48 lead and Saint Mary's never led again.

Arizona shot 59.1 percent from the field in the second half.

Markkanen finished with 16 points and 11 rebounds while Trier scored 14.

Jock Landale battled with Markkanen throughout and had his 17th double-double of the season with 19 points and 11 rebounds for the Gaels. Teammate Calvin Hermanson added 14 points.

Saint Mary's took a 30-29 lead into halftime as the Gaels controlled the tempo and locked down Arizona defensively for much of the half.

Saint Mary's used a 10-2 run started by a 3-pointer by Tanner Krebs to take a 24-14 lead. Everything was going wrong for the Wildcats as their top scorers were held in check and starting guard Rawle Alkins missed much of the half with a finger injury.

Nothing came easy for Arizona in the half court on offense and Saint Mary's kept it from getting out in transition and using its athleticism advantage.

Arizona found life late in the half and finished on a 15-6 run thanks to six points from Markkanen and a 3-pointer from Parker Jackson-Cartwright, the Wildcats lone 3 of the first half. They shot just 34.5 percent from the field in the first 20 minutes.

BIG PICTURE

Saint Mary's: The Gaels did what they wanted to do defensively. Arizona wants to run in transition and play with pace. Saint Mary's didn't allow either. But the effort just couldn't hold up in the second half and the Gaels lost in the second round for their third straight NCAA Tournament.

Arizona: The Wildcats had to work for this one. The offense was completely stymied in the first half, but Trier and Markkanen came to life in the second. A win is a win any way you get it for a team looking for its first Final Four under coach Sean Miller.

ALKINS AILING

Alkins headed to the locker room around the 10:00 minute mark of the first half with a finger injury. He returned late in the half with the index and middle fingers of his right hand heavily bandaged.

UP NEXT

Arizona will face the winner of Xavier and Florida State in the Sweet 16 next weekend.

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Key Players
J. Rahon
A. Trier
31.7 Min. Per Game 31.7
17.3 Pts. Per Game 17.3
2.7 Ast. Per Game 2.7
5.1 Reb. Per Game 5.1
42.4 Field Goal % 46.4
36.0 Three Point % 40.3
73.1 Free Throw % 81.0
  Defensive rebound by Allonzo Trier 18.0
  Calvin Hermanson missed 3-pt. jump shot 20.0
  Traveling violation turnover on Lauri Markkanen 27.0
  Defensive rebound by Lauri Markkanen 29.0
  Jordan Ford missed 3-pt. jump shot 31.0
  Personal foul on Parker Jackson-Cartwright 39.0
+ 1 Kadeem Allen made 2nd of 2 free throws 46.0
  Kadeem Allen missed 1st of 2 free throws 46.0
  Personal foul on Calvin Hermanson 46.0
  Defensive rebound by Kadeem Allen 46.0
  Calvin Hermanson missed 3-pt. jump shot 48.0
Points 60 69
Field Goals 25-54 (46.3%) 23-51 (45.1%)
3-Pointers 5-21 (23.8%) 4-11 (36.4%)
Free Throws 5-8 (62.5%) 19-23 (82.6%)
Total Rebounds 30 32
Offensive 7 8
Defensive 20 21
Team 3 3
Assists 14 4
Steals 5 7
Blocks 4 5
Turnovers 12 9
Fouls 20 12
Technicals 0 0
34
J. Landale C
19 PTS, 11 REB, 4 AST
10
L. Markkanen F
16 PTS, 11 REB
12T
7 St. Mary's 29-5 303060
2 Arizona 32-4294069
Team Stats
22 St. Mary's 29-5 72.0 PPG 38.1 RPG 16.6 APG
4 Arizona 32-4 76.7 PPG 39.6 RPG 13.5 APG
Key Players
34
J. Landale C 16.9 PPG 9.5 RPG 1.7 APG 61.1 FG%
10
L. Markkanen F 15.8 PPG 7.2 RPG 0.9 APG 49.6 FG%
Top Scorers
34
J. Landale C 19 PTS 11 REB 4 AST
10
L. Markkanen F 16 PTS 11 REB 0 AST
46.3 FG% 45.1
23.8 3PT FG% 36.4
62.5 FT% 82.6
St. Mary's
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
J. Landale 35 19 11 4 1 1 4 1 8/14 0/0 3/4 4 7
C. Hermanson 31 14 3 1 0 0 1 4 6/14 2/9 0/0 0 3
J. Rahon 40 6 3 8 2 0 3 3 3/9 0/2 0/0 0 3
E. Fitzner 16 2 2 0 0 0 2 4 1/4 0/3 0/0 0 2
E. Naar 30 2 3 1 0 1 1 0 1/3 0/1 0/0 1 2
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
J. Landale 35 19 11 4 1 1 4 1 8/14 0/0 3/4 4 7
C. Hermanson 31 14 3 1 0 0 1 4 6/14 2/9 0/0 0 3
J. Rahon 40 6 3 8 2 0 3 3 3/9 0/2 0/0 0 3
E. Fitzner 16 2 2 0 0 0 2 4 1/4 0/3 0/0 0 2
E. Naar 30 2 3 1 0 1 1 0 1/3 0/1 0/0 1 2
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
T. Krebs 17 12 1 0 1 0 0 1 4/6 3/5 1/2 0 1
D. Pineau 26 5 4 0 1 1 1 5 2/3 0/0 1/2 2 2
K. Clark 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
J. Hunter - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Ford 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 0
S. Gonzalez - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Sheets - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Kuhse - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Perry - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Thomas - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Arizona
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
L. Markkanen 37 16 11 0 1 2 3 2 3/6 1/1 9/10 4 7
A. Trier 31 14 6 2 0 0 2 0 4/10 1/3 5/6 0 6
D. Ristic 18 13 2 0 1 0 1 4 6/9 0/0 1/1 2 0
K. Allen 36 12 3 0 3 1 1 2 5/9 1/1 1/2 1 2
R. Alkins 27 6 2 1 2 0 0 2 3/7 0/1 0/0 0 2
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
L. Markkanen 37 16 11 0 1 2 3 2 3/6 1/1 9/10 4 7
A. Trier 31 14 6 2 0 0 2 0 4/10 1/3 5/6 0 6
D. Ristic 18 13 2 0 1 0 1 4 6/9 0/0 1/1 2 0
K. Allen 36 12 3 0 3 1 1 2 5/9 1/1 1/2 1 2
R. Alkins 27 6 2 1 2 0 0 2 3/7 0/1 0/0 0 2
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
P. Jackson-Cartwright 22 3 2 1 0 1 0 1 1/2 1/2 0/0 0 2
C. Comanche 18 3 3 0 0 0 1 0 1/4 0/0 1/2 1 2
K. Simmons 6 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0/3 0/2 2/2 0 0
K. Pinder 5 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 0
R. Smith - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Cruz - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. DesJardins - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Trillo - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Jones - - - - - - - - - - - - -