Forks Down! No. 5 Wildcats rout rival Sun Devils

HIGHLIGHTS: No. 5 Wildcats 105, Sun Devils 60

UA blows out ASU 105-60 for the biggest margin of victory in the history of rivalry

TUCSON — Jaden Bradley scored a career-high 21 points and Oumar Ballo posted his fifth consecutive double-double as No. 5 Arizona routed rival Arizona State 105-60 on Saturday night in McKale Center.


Ballo had 15 points and 11 rebounds as the Wildcats (20-5, 11-3 Pac-12) won their sixth consecutive game and maintained first place in the conference. Bradley, a sophomore transfer from Alabama, made 8 of 11 shots and surpassed his previous career high of 18 points, set last season against Gonzaga.

Arizona State (13-13, 7-8) had no answer for Arizona’s size and strength down low as the Sun Devils were outscored 52-16 in the paint. Post players Shawn Phillips Jr. and Alonzo Gaffney each fouled out.

Arizona reached triple-digit points against ASU for the first time in nearly 20 years, dating to a 106-81 victory in Tucson on March 7, 2004.

Adam Miller scored 16 to lead ASU. Jose Perez had 14 points, and Jamiya Neal added 12.

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Arizona’s Caleb Love scored 15 points, and Keshad Johnson had 14. Paulius Murauskas poured in 12 points in five late-game minutes. Kylan Boswell contributed 11.

The Wildcats surged to a 49-31 halftime lead and never relented as Arizona State failed to shoot itself back into contention. The Sun Devils shot 36.2 percent from the floor for the game, including just 6 of 24 on 3-point attempts.

The Wildcats shot 57.1 percent and led by at least 20 points for the final 16:24 of the game, and they took a 30-point lead for the first time at 78-48 with 8:04 to go. The lead reached 40 points in the final two minutes.

ASU started well and took its biggest lead of the game at 20-15 but then went six minutes without a basket and was down 33-24 before Gaffney ended the drought with a 3-pointer with 6:38 to go in the first half.

The Wildcats stayed hot, though, ending the half on a 16-4 run and taking a 49-31 lead into the break.

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–Field Level Media