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Ayton scores 24, No. 14 Arizona beats Utah 94-82

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The Arizona Wildcats were repeatedly punched in the proverbial mouth as Utah put together a furious second-half rally in the Pac-12 showdown. The Utes, however, had no answer for Deandre Ayton.

The freshman scored 24 points and grabbed 14 rebounds as No. 14 Arizona never trailed in a 94-82 victory over Utah on Thursday night.

''Deandre is like that football team that keeps running the ball and you just say, `Are they ever going to pass?''' Arizona coach Sean Miller said. ''Then you just know if you're that team, we're going to break one. He just wears you out.

''From a basketball perspective, getting the ball to him around the basket or him getting second shots, it can wear out the other team. He was the difference tonight.''

The Wildcats (12-3, 2-0 Pac-12) have won nine straight since going 0-3 at the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament in the Bahamas.

Rawle Alkins finished with 22 points for Arizona and Parker Jackson-Cartwright added 19.

Sedrick Barefield led Utah (10-4, 2-1) with 23 points and David Collette added 19.

Utah rallied from a 17-point deficit to tie the game late, but couldn't pull off the upset. Miller thought his guys took their foot off the gas, but said their experience helped them respond.

''It kind of surprised us how much of a lead we had early on,'' Alkins said. ''I think we started to play to the game. They started to get that run and we responded, but we responded late in the game. That's why the game felt funny. When we play together, we look unbeatable.

''They executed really well and they made tough shots, especially (Barefield). He got hot and his confidence skyrocketed and his team started feeding off of his energy. Overall we played good defense.''

The Wildcats took a 14-point lead into halftime behind the outstanding guard play of Jackson-Cartwright and Alkins and held on in the second half as Barefield tried to shoot the Utes back in the game.

Arizona shut down the interior as its length frustrated the Utah big men. It outrebounded the Utes 46-23.

''I'm not into moral victories, but two things could have happened in that second half,'' Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak said, ''and we did take the right route and fought and scratched and managed to shoot and make some shots.

''We just got into that last media timeout, 4 minutes to go, and (lost). You can't have costly turnovers. You can't have missed block-outs.''

Barefield scored 20 of his 23 points in the second half and rained down jumpers from around the arc, but every time the Utes made a second-half run, Ayton answered on the offensive end. He scored 19 in the second half.

''I've been in the gym a little extra this week, so it kind of paid off down the stretch,'' Barefield said. ''I wish we would have hit some of the shots later in the game.

''We had a chance and, I think, down that stretch we kind of beat ourselves a little bit.''

BIG PICTURE

Arizona: Reigning Pac-12 player of the week Ayton may be a possible No. 1 overall NBA pick, but the Wildcats showed they're more than the 7-foot-1 big man. The guard play was strong, and that was with the conference's second-leading scorer Allonzo Trier having a fairly quiet night.

Utah: The Utes regressed in the first half after sweeping Oregon and Oregon State on the road last week, but played with more fire in the second. They were dominated on the interior and Utah will need Collette to play tougher against opponents with size.

TALE OF TWO HALVES

The Utes shot 36.7 percent from the field in the first half and 51.7 percent in the second. They were 3 for 12 from behind the arc in the first 20 minutes 9 for 14 in the second.

QUOTABLE

''If the ball gets in the paint, it's almost an automatic two points,'' Alkins about Ayton. ''It's either a double-team or a bucket. You pick.''

UP NEXT

Arizona: Travels to face Colorado on Saturday.

Utah: Hosts No. 4 Arizona State on Sunday.

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Key Players
D. Ayton
13 F
J. Bibbins
1 G
32.4 Min. Per Game 32.4
13.1 Pts. Per Game 13.1
4.5 Ast. Per Game 4.5
3.3 Reb. Per Game 3.3
62.3 Field Goal % 51.3
30.4 Three Point % 47.9
71.4 Free Throw % 81.6
  Defensive rebound by Allonzo Trier 30.0
  Sedrick Barefield missed jump shot 32.0
+ 1 Allonzo Trier made 2nd of 2 free throws 40.0
+ 1 Allonzo Trier made 1st of 2 free throws 40.0
  Personal foul on Sedrick Barefield 40.0
  Defensive rebound by Deandre Ayton 46.0
  Sedrick Barefield missed layup, blocked by Keanu Pinder 48.0
+ 1 Parker Jackson-Cartwright made 2nd of 2 free throws 52.0
+ 1 Parker Jackson-Cartwright made 1st of 2 free throws 52.0
  Personal foul on Justin Bibbins 52.0
+ 2 David Collette made dunk, assist by Justin Bibbins 53.0
Team Stats
Points 94 82
Field Goals 30-60 (50.0%) 26-59 (44.1%)
3-Pointers 4-12 (33.3%) 12-26 (46.2%)
Free Throws 30-36 (83.3%) 18-22 (81.8%)
Total Rebounds 46 23
Offensive 12 4
Defensive 32 17
Team 2 2
Assists 15 18
Steals 6 8
Blocks 5 3
Turnovers 12 11
Fouls 18 23
Technicals 0 0
24 PTS, 14 REB, 1 AST
23 PTS, 1 REB, 6 AST
12T
away team logo 14 Arizona 12-3 464894
home team logo Utah 10-4 325082
Team Stats
away team logo 14 Arizona 12-3 74.8 PPG 37.7 RPG 12.6 APG
home team logo Utah 10-4 75.0 PPG 39.2 RPG 14.8 APG
Key Players
00
D. Ayton F PPG RPG APG FG%
2
S. Barefield G 15.4 PPG 1.8 RPG 3.8 APG 42.3 FG%
Top Scorers
D. Ayton F 24 PTS 14 REB 1 AST
S. Barefield G 23 PTS 1 REB 6 AST
50.0 FG% 44.1
33.3 3PT FG% 46.2
83.3 FT% 81.8
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Ayton 24 14 1 10/15 0/0 4/5 1 37 0 2 3 4 10
R. Alkins 22 7 2 6/13 1/5 9/11 2 31 2 1 3 4 3
P. Jackson-Cartwright 19 4 3 4/6 3/4 8/8 4 29 2 0 1 0 4
D. Ristic 11 9 3 4/11 0/0 3/4 4 27 0 0 1 3 6
A. Trier 7 5 5 2/5 0/0 3/3 1 36 1 1 2 0 5
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Ayton 24 14 1 10/15 0/0 4/5 1 37 0 2 3 4 10
R. Alkins 22 7 2 6/13 1/5 9/11 2 31 2 1 3 4 3
P. Jackson-Cartwright 19 4 3 4/6 3/4 8/8 4 29 2 0 1 0 4
D. Ristic 11 9 3 4/11 0/0 3/4 4 27 0 0 1 3 6
A. Trier 7 5 5 2/5 0/0 3/3 1 36 1 1 2 0 5
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
B. Randolph 6 0 1 2/4 0/1 2/3 2 12 0 0 1 0 0
D. Smith 2 1 0 1/3 0/0 0/0 1 13 1 0 0 1 0
K. Pinder 2 1 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 1 4 0 1 0 0 1
A. Barcello 1 0 0 0/2 0/2 1/2 1 5 0 0 1 0 0
I. Lee 0 3 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 6 0 0 0 0 3
T. Denny - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. DesJardins - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Trillo - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Jones - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Akot - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Weyand - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 94 44 15 30/60 4/12 30/36 18 200 6 5 12 12 32
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
S. Barefield 23 1 6 7/16 6/11 3/3 3 35 1 0 0 0 1
D. Collette 19 1 2 6/14 0/0 7/9 4 30 1 1 2 0 1
T. Rawson 16 5 1 5/10 4/7 2/2 2 36 1 1 4 1 4
J. Bibbins 14 1 8 4/7 2/5 4/5 5 39 1 1 1 0 1
G. Bealer 0 2 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 1 9 0 0 0 0 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
S. Barefield 23 1 6 7/16 6/11 3/3 3 35 1 0 0 0 1
D. Collette 19 1 2 6/14 0/0 7/9 4 30 1 1 2 0 1
T. Rawson 16 5 1 5/10 4/7 2/2 2 36 1 1 4 1 4
J. Bibbins 14 1 8 4/7 2/5 4/5 5 39 1 1 1 0 1
G. Bealer 0 2 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 1 9 0 0 0 0 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Tillman 6 6 0 3/7 0/1 0/0 3 19 3 0 1 2 4
J. Johnson 2 2 0 0/2 0/0 2/2 0 10 0 0 0 1 1
K. Caldwell 2 3 1 1/1 0/0 0/1 3 18 1 0 3 0 3
P. Van Dyke 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 1 4 0 0 0 0 0
C. Popoola - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Connor - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Jokl - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Reininger - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Rydalch - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Seeley - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Doutrive - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Duda - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. King - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 82 21 18 26/59 12/26 18/22 23 200 8 3 11 4 17