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Markkanen helps No. 8 Arizona hold off Santa Clara, 69-61

LAS VEGAS (AP) With his roster down to eight healthy scholarship players, Arizona coach Sean Miller knew one of his freshmen would have to step up during the Continental Las Vegas Invitational.

On Thursday night against Santa Clara, two of them did.

Lauri Markkanen had 16 points and nine rebounds, Kobi Simmons scored 14 and No. 8 Arizona advanced to the championship game with a 69-61 victory.

The Wildcats (5-0) will play Butler for the title on Friday.

''Every game is going to be a tough game right now,'' Miller said. ''It was a great challenge. They played a 3-2 zone for 40 minutes, and for a young group like ours, we had our moments where we really did a nice job. If it wasn't for a couple of turnovers, I think we would have been even better against their zone.''

Arizona limited the Broncos to 36 percent shooting (9 of 25) in the second half. And yet, Santa Clara sliced its deficit to 59-58 when Jared Brownridge drained a long 3-pointer with 4:10 left - the team's fourth straight 3 during a 12-4 run.

But then Keanu Pinder converted both ends of a 1-and-1, Santa Clara turned the ball over and Parker Jackson-Cartwright hit a 3 to push Arizona's lead back to 64-58. The Wildcats closed the game on a 10-3 spurt, and the Broncos (3-3) went scoreless over the final 3 minutes.

''I think we just stayed confident in ourselves. We know what we need to do out there and we know what we need to get done,'' Simmons said. ''(If) we keep playing hard to the end, we'll get the victory. We were very composed, we got to our spots, we knew what we wanted to do and I think we did a good job.''

Brownridge had 25 points. Last season he scored a career-high 44 in Arizona's 75-73 overtime win against Santa Clara, hitting seven 3s and making all 15 of his free throws.

''Our team did a much better job this year guarding him than last year,'' Miller said. ''He made some really, really good shots. There aren't many guards that play college basketball that are better ... being able to shoot the 3 than Brownridge.''

Henrik Jadersten and Nate Kratch each had 10 points for Santa Clara, coached by former Arizona State coach Herb Sendek.

Arizona led 37-34 at halftime and scored 14 of the first 23 points in the second half behind Simmons. Every time the Broncos tried to answer, the Wildcats produced timely defensive stops and offensive production to maintain control of the tempo.

''We just kept fighting, rebounding the ball and being aggressive,'' said Markkanen, a 7-footer from Finland who is averaging 18.8 points and 8.4 rebounds per game. ''We were able to knock some shots down.''

BIG PICTURE

Arizona: After playing Butler, the Wildcats get some much-needed time off. They'll have five days before their next game after playing five games in 11 days and their first six over 14 days in three cities.

Santa Clara: Though the Broncos fell short, they showed they can hang with a nationally ranked power, which should help them when West Coast Conference play begins and they face the likes of No. 11 Gonzaga and No. 15 Saint Mary's.

TARGET PRACTICE

After shooting 43.3 percent in the first half, the Broncos ended up at 40 percent for the game. Meanwhile, the Wildcats shot 48 percent overall while outrebounding Santa Clara 37-26.

''Santa Clara did an excellent job on offense, being patient and moving the ball,'' Miller said. ''Kobi played a really good game tonight for us. We challenged him a couple of games ago to give more effort defensively and nobody can question his effort tonight. He has a big upside.''

UP NEXT

Butler will pose the biggest test for Arizona since the Wildcats beat then-No. 12 Michigan State on Nov. 11 in Hawaii.

Santa Clara faces Vanderbilt on Friday in Las Vegas, hoping to avoid dipping below .500.

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Key Players
L. Markkanen
H. Jadersten
34.0 Min. Per Game 34.0
13.0 Pts. Per Game 13.0
3.0 Ast. Per Game 3.0
8.0 Reb. Per Game 8.0
51.8 Field Goal % 56.3
36.4 Three Point % 55.6
93.3 Free Throw %
  Defensive rebound by Lauri Markkanen 0.0
  Jarvis Pugh missed 3-pt. jump shot 1.0
+ 1 Lauri Markkanen made 2nd of 2 free throws 15.0
+ 1 Lauri Markkanen made 1st of 2 free throws 15.0
  Personal foul on Matt Hauser 15.0
  Defensive rebound by Lauri Markkanen 16.0
  Matt Hauser missed free throw 16.0
  Defensive rebound by Lauri Markkanen 16.0
  Personal foul on Parker Jackson-Cartwright 16.0
  Offensive rebound by Henrik Jadersten 20.0
  Henrik Jadersten missed 3-pt. jump shot, blocked by Keanu Pinder 22.0
Team Stats
Points 69 61
Field Goals 24-50 (48.0%) 22-55 (40.0%)
3-Pointers 9-18 (50.0%) 12-31 (38.7%)
Free Throws 12-19 (63.2%) 5-7 (71.4%)
Total Rebounds 37 26
Offensive 8 6
Defensive 25 18
Team 4 2
Assists 12 12
Steals 2 5
Blocks 8 2
Turnovers 12 10
Fouls 13 16
Technicals 0 0
16 PTS, 9 REB
25 PTS, 2 REB, 1 AST
12T
away team logo 8 Arizona 5-0 373269
home team logo Santa Clara 3-3 342761
Team Stats
away team logo 8 Arizona 5-0 70.9 PPG 38.3 RPG 12.4 APG
home team logo Santa Clara 3-3 68.2 PPG 35.2 RPG 13.4 APG
Key Players
00
L. Markkanen F PPG RPG APG FG%
00
J. Brownridge G PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
L. Markkanen F 16 PTS 9 REB 0 AST
J. Brownridge G 25 PTS 2 REB 1 AST
48.0 FG% 40.0
50.0 3PT FG% 38.7
63.2 FT% 71.4
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
L. Markkanen 16 9 0 4/11 2/6 6/7 1 36 0 1 0 3 6
D. Ristic 12 4 1 6/11 0/0 0/2 2 26 0 0 1 1 3
R. Alkins 8 4 3 3/8 1/3 1/1 0 28 1 3 3 1 3
P. Jackson-Cartwright 7 4 5 2/6 2/4 1/2 3 36 0 0 2 0 4
K. Allen 3 3 2 1/3 1/2 0/0 3 29 0 1 1 0 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
L. Markkanen 16 9 0 4/11 2/6 6/7 1 36 0 1 0 3 6
D. Ristic 12 4 1 6/11 0/0 0/2 2 26 0 0 1 1 3
R. Alkins 8 4 3 3/8 1/3 1/1 0 28 1 3 3 1 3
P. Jackson-Cartwright 7 4 5 2/6 2/4 1/2 3 36 0 0 2 0 4
K. Allen 3 3 2 1/3 1/2 0/0 3 29 0 1 1 0 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Simmons 14 0 1 5/7 3/3 1/3 2 23 0 0 1 0 0
C. Comanche 5 4 0 2/3 0/0 1/2 2 10 0 1 1 2 2
K. Pinder 4 5 0 1/1 0/0 2/2 0 12 1 2 3 1 4
T. Denny - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Smith - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Trier - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Smith - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Cruz - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. DesJardins - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Trillo - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 69 33 12 24/50 9/18 12/19 13 200 2 8 12 8 25
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Brownridge 25 2 1 8/19 6/14 3/4 1 39 2 1 2 0 2
N. Kratch 10 4 2 4/9 2/5 0/0 4 40 1 0 2 1 3
H. Jadersten 10 1 0 4/5 2/3 0/0 4 14 0 0 1 1 0
J. Pugh 9 3 0 3/9 1/4 2/2 3 34 0 1 2 2 1
M. Hauser 5 6 8 2/4 1/2 0/1 2 38 1 0 2 0 6
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Brownridge 25 2 1 8/19 6/14 3/4 1 39 2 1 2 0 2
N. Kratch 10 4 2 4/9 2/5 0/0 4 40 1 0 2 1 3
H. Jadersten 10 1 0 4/5 2/3 0/0 4 14 0 0 1 1 0
J. Pugh 9 3 0 3/9 1/4 2/2 3 34 0 1 2 2 1
M. Hauser 5 6 8 2/4 1/2 0/1 2 38 1 0 2 0 6
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Hubbard 2 3 0 1/4 0/2 0/0 0 19 0 0 1 2 1
K. Healy 0 2 1 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 6 1 0 0 0 2
E. Wardlow 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
T. Lewis 0 3 0 0/4 0/1 0/0 2 7 0 0 0 0 3
E. Ndumanya - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Feagin - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Crawford - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Douglas - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Roche - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Sawyer - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 61 24 12 22/55 12/31 5/7 16 200 5 2 10 6 18