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Comanche leads balanced No. 18 Arizona to rout of Lobos

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) No. 18 Arizona passed its final nonconference test with flying colors.

Chance Comanche scored a career-high 14 points and the Wildcats had five players reach double figures in a 77-46 rout of New Mexico on Tuesday night.

Freshman Rawle Alkins scored 13 points and grabbed a career-best 11 rebounds as Arizona dominated the boards 49-30. Lauri Markkanen also scored 13 points for the Wildcats (11-2) in their final tuneup before beginning Pac-12 play next week.

Kadeem Allen and Kobi Simmons added 11 points apiece.

''Tonight you saw us at times maybe at our best,'' Arizona coach Sean Miller said.

Elijah Brown scored 17 points and Tim Williams added 14 for the Lobos (7-5).

''I thought we were prepared. I thought we were ready,'' New Mexico coach Craig Neal said, ''but we looked a little shell-shocked.''

Miller had been on Comanche's case recently, including a public chewing out on national television when Arizona met Texas A&M in Houston last weekend.

But Miller was full of praise for the 6-foot-11 sophomore on Tuesday night.

''That was the best game that he's played this season, maybe in two seasons,'' Miller said. ''... He needed some confidence and I think he's filled with it here right now.''

Comanche was 6 for 6 from the field, most of them dunks.

''I just had to stop fighting myself and just clear my head and just play basketball,'' he said. ''Play like I do in practice, the coach always said.''

Comanche said the balanced scoring ''shows the guys really step up, that we have three freshmen and a transfer and they can all step up and defend and play together as a team.'

The Wildcats jumped to a 12-0 lead on Kadeem Allen's 3-pointer and New Mexico never cut the lead to single digits again.

''One thing that was clear tonight,'' Miller said. ''We were ready to play, and that was Game 13 in a short period of time with some younger players.''

Arizona's biggest lead of the half was 37-14 on Alkins' breakaway dunk with 1:43 to play. The Wildcats led by as many as 32 points in the second half.

BIG PICTURE

New Mexico: The Lobos had better shoot better than this on the road if they want to figure in the Mountain West race. They are 1-5 away from Albuquerque.

Arizona: The Wildcats played tough defense in their final nonconference tuneup, dispatching the Lobos with ease. The seven-man rotation will be tough in Pac-12 play, but the team hopes to get guard Allonzo Trier and injured point guard Parker Jackson-Cartwright back in the near future.

BENCHED

Brown, Jordan Hunter and Obij Aget started the first 10 games for the Lobos but were on the bench to open the contest for the second straight game.

OLD SERIES

The teams played for the 126th time but first since 1999. The series began almost exactly 100 years ago to the day. The teams played often as co-members of the Border and Western Athletic Conference but the series ended when then-Arizona coach Lute Olson was livid over officiating when the games were played in Albuquerque.

HANGING OUT

Trier, a member of the Pac-12 all-freshman team last season, is still hanging out with his team but doesn't suit up.

He was in sweats on the bench during the game. He is allowed to practice and travel with the team.

Trier's issue is some sort of eligibility problem but the school has been mum on the details.

Miller doesn't talk publicly about Trier but did say the team was hoping for ''some good news'' that would expand their roster going into Pac-12 play.

UP NEXT

New Mexico: The Lobos take the holiday off before opening Big West play Dec. 28 at home against Fresno State.

Arizona: The Wildcats take the holidays off, then open Pac-12 play Dec. 30 at California. Arizona has its next practice Christmas night.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
  Offensive rebound by New Mexico 0.0
  Dane Kuiper missed 3-pt. jump shot 1.0
  35-second shot clock violation turnover on Arizona 2.0
  Defensive rebound by Keanu Pinder 33.0
  Jordan Hunter missed jump shot 35.0
+ 1 Jake DesJardins made 2nd of 2 free throws 40.0
+ 1 Jake DesJardins made 1st of 2 free throws 40.0
  Shooting foul on Joe Furstinger 40.0
+ 3 Dane Kuiper made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Damien Jefferson 52.0
+ 1 Rawle Alkins made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:00
  Rawle Alkins missed 1st of 2 free throws 1:00
Team Stats
Points 46 77
Field Goals 17-65 (26.2%) 25-50 (50.0%)
3-Pointers 2-14 (14.3%) 6-16 (37.5%)
Free Throws 10-16 (62.5%) 21-29 (72.4%)
Total Rebounds 30 49
Offensive 12 12
Defensive 16 36
Team 2 1
Assists 11 14
Steals 5 7
Blocks 2 4
Turnovers 12 15
Fouls 26 11
Technicals 0 0
17 PTS, 1 REB, 2 AST
14 PTS, 8 REB
12T
away team logo New Mexico 7-5 163046
home team logo 18 Arizona 11-2 374077
Team Stats
away team logo New Mexico 7-5 76.7 PPG 39.1 RPG 13.8 APG
home team logo 18 Arizona 11-2 72.5 PPG 38.6 RPG 12.4 APG
Key Players
00
E. Brown G PPG RPG APG FG%
00
C. Comanche C PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
E. Brown G 17 PTS 1 REB 2 AST
C. Comanche C 14 PTS 8 REB 0 AST
26.2 FG% 50.0
14.3 3PT FG% 37.5
62.5 FT% 72.4
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Williams 14 8 2 7/16 0/0 0/2 2 36 0 0 1 3 5
J. Harris 5 1 4 1/4 0/1 3/3 3 29 0 0 1 0 1
D. Kuiper 3 3 1 1/8 1/5 0/0 4 19 0 0 0 3 0
J. Furstinger 0 8 0 0/3 0/0 0/0 4 12 1 2 2 4 4
A. Uguak 0 1 0 0/2 0/2 0/0 0 10 0 0 0 1 0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Williams 14 8 2 7/16 0/0 0/2 2 36 0 0 1 3 5
J. Harris 5 1 4 1/4 0/1 3/3 3 29 0 0 1 0 1
D. Kuiper 3 3 1 1/8 1/5 0/0 4 19 0 0 0 3 0
J. Furstinger 0 8 0 0/3 0/0 0/0 4 12 1 2 2 4 4
A. Uguak 0 1 0 0/2 0/2 0/0 0 10 0 0 0 1 0
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
E. Brown 17 1 2 5/13 1/4 6/9 2 25 1 0 2 0 1
O. Aget 2 1 0 1/6 0/0 0/0 2 16 1 0 0 1 0
X. Adams 2 2 0 1/3 0/1 0/0 0 10 0 0 1 0 2
D. Jefferson 2 0 1 1/4 0/1 0/0 2 9 1 0 1 0 0
J. Hunter 1 0 0 0/1 0/0 1/2 2 12 0 0 2 0 0
C. MacDougall 0 3 0 0/3 0/0 0/0 5 12 0 0 1 0 3
S. Logwood 0 0 1 0/2 0/0 0/0 0 10 1 0 1 0 0
A. Cumber - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Mathis - - - - - - - - - - - - -
H. Shelley - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 46 28 11 17/65 2/14 10/16 26 200 5 2 12 12 16
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
R. Alkins 13 11 3 5/11 1/3 2/4 0 31 2 0 4 3 8
L. Markkanen 13 9 2 4/11 2/8 3/4 0 31 0 2 2 3 6
K. Allen 11 8 5 4/7 2/4 1/2 3 31 1 0 0 1 7
K. Simmons 11 3 4 2/6 1/1 6/8 2 34 2 0 2 0 3
D. Ristic 8 3 0 3/7 0/0 2/2 2 26 0 1 2 2 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
R. Alkins 13 11 3 5/11 1/3 2/4 0 31 2 0 4 3 8
L. Markkanen 13 9 2 4/11 2/8 3/4 0 31 0 2 2 3 6
K. Allen 11 8 5 4/7 2/4 1/2 3 31 1 0 0 1 7
K. Simmons 11 3 4 2/6 1/1 6/8 2 34 2 0 2 0 3
D. Ristic 8 3 0 3/7 0/0 2/2 2 26 0 1 2 2 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
C. Comanche 14 8 0 6/6 0/0 2/3 2 23 0 1 3 1 7
K. Pinder 5 6 0 1/2 0/0 3/4 2 16 1 0 0 2 4
J. DesJardins 2 0 0 0/0 0/0 2/2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
P. Cruz 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 2 0 0 1 0 0
T. Trillo 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 2 0 0 1 0 0
K. Jones 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
P. Jackson-Cartwright - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Smith - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Trier - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 77 48 14 25/50 6/16 21/29 11 200 7 4 15 12 36