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No. 7 Arizona pulls away to beat Arizona State 73-60

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Arizona played two months without its top returning player, suffered through a slew of injuries and lost an emotional final home game.

The Wildcats found ways to fight through the setbacks all during the regular season and could not have asked for a better finish: With a win over their biggest rival and a share of the Pac-12 title.

Allonzo Trier scored 19 points, guard Rawle Alkins grabbed 15 rebounds and No. 7 Arizona pulled away in the second half for a 73-60 victory over Arizona State on Saturday.

''It's really an amazing group of kids that we have,'' Arizona coach Sean Miller said. ''I don't know if any team I've been a part of has seen more adversity, more things to overcome and handle as well as this team has.''

Arizona was without Trier for the first 19 games due to suspension and lost to then-No. 5 UCLA at McKale Center last week in a disappointing final game for its seniors.

The Wildcats still had hope for a solid finish to the season by beating Arizona State for the second time, giving them a share of the title with No. 6 Oregon, which won later Saturday at Oregon State.

Arizona (27-4, 16-2) was out of sorts at both ends in the first half against the Sun Devils, but shut them down defensively to sweep the season series.

Arizona controlled the glass for the second straight game against Arizona State, grabbing 23 more rebounds - 18 more in the second half - while scoring 14 second-chance points on 15 offensive boards. Arizona gave up 19 second-chance points against UCLA last week.

''We heard about it a lot, so we decided to make a conscious effort to rebound better this game,'' Trier said . ''Rebound and play defense is what we do.''

Arizona State (14-17, 7-11) was effective at slowing Arizona with its zone in the first half, but had no answer when the Wildcats began attacking in the second.

Kodi Justice had 17 points and Torian Graham added 12 for the Sun Devils, who also struggled offensively in the second half.

''For us to give up 73, I would think we would have a good chance to win based on how our offense is,'' Arizona State coach Bobby Hurley said. ''But we just didn't have a great night on that end of the floor and Arizona had a lot to do with that.''

Lauri Markkanen scored a career-high 30 points and Arizona jumped out to a big lead in the first meeting, rolling over the Sun Devils 91-75 in Tucson.

Arizona State got off to a much better start and was more aggressive back at home , within 30-29 of the Wildcats at halftime.

The Wildcats were better at both ends to start the second half, scoring the first 10 points.

Arizona's defense prevented the Sun Devils from mounting a comeback. Markkanen continued to struggle with his perimeter shot - 0 for 5 from 3-point range - but had two emphatic blocked shots, one on Shannon Evans II , the other on Graham .

Arizona State made 8 of 28 shots in the second half.

''It felt like the energy we had in the first half wasn't there in the second half,'' Justice said. ''We started picking it up, but they just kept making more plays and hitting shots on the other end.''

MARKKANEN'S IMPACT

After a strong start to the season, Markkanen has struggled from the perimeter over the past month, hitting 5 of 31 from 3-point range since the start of February.

The Finnish 7-footer has continued to find ways to contribute during his slump with his rebounding and, at least against Arizona State, his defense.

Markkanen finished with 10 points, nine rebounds and three blocked shots after blocking three total shots the first 17 conference games.

''The switch went on for him and he started to block a lot of shots,'' Miller said. ''He's learning how to be more instinctive to use his size, whether that be a blocked shot or a rebound. Today, he really utilized both of those to win the game for us.''

UP NEXT

Arizona opens the Pac-12 Tournament in the quarterfinals Thursday.

Arizona State plays in the first round of the Pac-12 Tournament Wednesday.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
  Defensive rebound by Allonzo Trier 16.0
  Obinna Oleka missed dunk 18.0
  Defensive rebound by Ramon Vila 30.0
  Rawle Alkins missed 2nd of 2 free throws 30.0
+ 1 Rawle Alkins made 1st of 2 free throws 30.0
  Personal foul on Kodi Justice 30.0
  Defensive rebound by Rawle Alkins 39.0
  Torian Graham missed 3-pt. jump shot 41.0
+ 1 Allonzo Trier made 2nd of 2 free throws 50.0
+ 1 Allonzo Trier made 1st of 2 free throws 50.0
  Personal foul on Ramon Vila 50.0
Team Stats
Points 73 60
Field Goals 23-59 (39.0%) 18-52 (34.6%)
3-Pointers 4-17 (23.5%) 9-23 (39.1%)
Free Throws 23-32 (71.9%) 15-20 (75.0%)
Total Rebounds 50 27
Offensive 11 3
Defensive 35 22
Team 4 2
Assists 7 12
Steals 4 1
Blocks 5 3
Turnovers 5 10
Fouls 21 23
Technicals 0 1
19 PTS, 5 REB, 2 AST
17 PTS, 1 REB, 3 AST
12T
away team logo 7 Arizona 27-4 304373
home team logo Arizona State 14-17 293160
Team Stats
away team logo 7 Arizona 27-4 81.4 PPG 38.4 RPG 15.8 APG
home team logo Arizona State 14-17 83.8 PPG 39.3 RPG 14.4 APG
Key Players
35
A. Trier G 19.6 PPG 3.2 RPG 3.2 APG 54.1 FG%
44
K. Justice G 12.8 PPG 2.8 RPG 1.9 APG 45.6 FG%
Top Scorers
A. Trier G 19 PTS 5 REB 2 AST
K. Justice G 17 PTS 1 REB 3 AST
39.0 FG% 34.6
23.5 3PT FG% 39.1
71.9 FT% 75.0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
A. Trier 35 19 5 2 0 0 2 2 5/14 1/6 8/9 0 5
K. Allen 35 12 6 3 2 1 0 1 4/8 1/2 3/4 1 5
R. Alkins 26 11 15 0 0 0 2 1 4/9 0/2 3/6 4 11
L. Markkanen 23 10 9 1 0 3 0 2 3/10 0/5 4/6 1 8
D. Ristic 15 4 4 0 0 1 0 2 1/7 0/0 2/2 2 2
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
A. Trier 35 19 5 2 0 0 2 2 5/14 1/6 8/9 0 5
K. Allen 35 12 6 3 2 1 0 1 4/8 1/2 3/4 1 5
R. Alkins 26 11 15 0 0 0 2 1 4/9 0/2 3/6 4 11
L. Markkanen 23 10 9 1 0 3 0 2 3/10 0/5 4/6 1 8
D. Ristic 15 4 4 0 0 1 0 2 1/7 0/0 2/2 2 2
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
C. Comanche 14 8 2 0 1 0 1 2 3/5 0/0 2/2 1 1
P. Jackson-Cartwright 22 6 1 0 0 0 0 5 2/3 2/2 0/0 0 1
K. Pinder 25 3 4 0 1 0 0 3 1/3 0/0 1/3 2 2
K. Simmons 5 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
R. Smith - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Cruz - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. DesJardins - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Trillo - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Jones - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 73 46 7 4 5 5 21 23/59 4/17 23/32 11 35
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
K. Justice 30 17 1 3 0 1 4 5 6/10 4/6 1/1 0 1
T. Graham 38 15 1 0 0 0 1 4 4/14 3/9 4/4 0 1
S. Evans II 38 9 5 6 0 0 1 4 3/9 1/3 2/3 0 5
O. Oleka 37 9 11 1 1 2 1 1 3/9 0/3 3/4 1 10
T. Holder 40 8 3 2 0 0 2 4 1/9 1/2 5/8 0 3
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
K. Justice 30 17 1 3 0 1 4 5 6/10 4/6 1/1 0 1
T. Graham 38 15 1 0 0 0 1 4 4/14 3/9 4/4 0 1
S. Evans II 38 9 5 6 0 0 1 4 3/9 1/3 2/3 0 5
O. Oleka 37 9 11 1 1 2 1 1 3/9 0/3 3/4 1 10
T. Holder 40 8 3 2 0 0 2 4 1/9 1/2 5/8 0 3
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
R. Vila 16 2 4 0 0 0 0 3 1/1 0/0 0/0 2 2
A. Adams 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
A. Witherill - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. O'Field - - - - - - - - - - - - -
V. Shibel - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Tshisumpa - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. White - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Jackson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Fogerty - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Odionu - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 60 25 12 1 3 10 23 18/52 9/23 15/20 3 22