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Arizona beats rival Arizona State 80-67 for season sweep


1of5Arizona guard Bennedict Mathurin (0) dunks against Arizona State during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Monday, Jan. 25, 2021, in Tucson, Ariz.Rick Scuteri/AP Show MoreShow Less 2of5Arizona guard James Akinjo (13) drives against Arizona State guard Jaelen House during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Monday, Jan. 25, 2021, in Tucson, Ariz.Rick Scuteri/AP Show MoreShow Less 3of5Arizona guard Bennedict Mathurin (0) dunks against Arizona State during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Monday, Jan. 25, 2021, in Tucson, Ariz.Rick Scuteri/AP Show MoreShow Less 4of5Arizona forward Azuolas Tubelis (10) dunks over Arizona State guard Alonzo Verge Jr. during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Monday, Jan. 25, 2021, in Tucson, Ariz.Rick Scuteri/AP Show MoreShow Less 5of5Arizona head coach Sean Miller reacts to a play against Arizona State during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Monday, Jan. 25, 2021, in Tucson, Ariz.Rick Scuteri/AP Show MoreShow Less Arizona overwhelmed the Sun Devils from the opening tip in the rematch, building a double-digit lead in the first three minutes, 22 by halftime.


The Wildcats shot 54% and held on through some shaky moments in the second half to sweep the season series for the fourth time in six years.


Tubelis kicked off the final sequence by blocking Martin's shot with nine seconds left, but replays showed he hit the senior guard across the arm.


The Wildcats jumped on the Sun Devils early in the late-starting rematch — 9 p.m. local — turning missed shots and Arizona State turnovers into transition baskets.


The Sun Devils missed their first 12 shots, didn't score until Marcus Bagley's layup at 13:16 of the first half and compounded the mistakes by struggling to get back on defense during Arizona's opening run.


The Wildcats weren't quite as good in the second half, committing sloppy turnovers and letting off the gas as the Sun Devils whittled away at their lead.






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