Arizona MBB gets revenge against ASU, next to face UCLA in Pac-12 Tournament championship

Ryan Wohl

LAS VEGAS — The Arizona men’s basketball team defeated ASU by a score of 78-59 in the T-Mobile Arena on March 10, in the semifinals of the Pac-12 Tournament.

The Arizona revenge tour continues after beating Stanford University and ASU in the past two days, both of which previously beat the Wildcats in the past month.

The Wildcats will move on and face UCLA in the Pac-12 Tournament championship tomorrow night, Saturday, March 11, at 8:30 p.m. MST.

“Great effort by our guys,” Arizona men’s basketball head coach Tommy Lloyd said. “It was going to be a gritty game and we knew that. You play Arizona State, you know what you’re in for. It’s going to be a scrappy game. They’re really talented players, and I thought our guys did a really good job stepping up to the challenge and delivering.”

Azuolas Tubelis led the Wildcats in scoring tonight as he finished with 17 points and 9 rebounds on 8-11 shooting from the field.

Arizona is now 8-0 under Lloyd during games that have been played in Las Vegas. Lloyd also is now 5-0 in Pac-12 Tournaments. Tonight also marked his 60th win as Arizona is now 27-6 on the overall season.

Arizona is now 2-1 against ASU while playing against each other in the Pac-12 Tournament. This is Arizona’s first win over the Sun Devils in this tournament since 2002.

Cedric Henderson scored 14 points on 4-8 shooting from the field while also grabbing 5 rebounds. Henderson has totaled 37 points throughout the past two games in Vegas.

“Vegas Ced, he’s been awesome, he’s been great,” Lloyd said. “He’s one of those guys you wish you had for a couple years, but just for him too, just he’s kept climbing and he’s earned everything he’s gotten in our program. He just keeps getting better and better and better. I know this, I’m super comfortable and confident when he’s on the court.”

The Wildcats struggled during this game shooting free throws. They finished the game 42.9% from the foul line.

In Arizona’s quarterfinals matchup against Stanford, Kerr Kriisa suffered a shoulder contusion. Kriisa still started today’s game while playing normal minutes.

“I think it just gets better with time honestly, I trust my medical staff, trainers, everybody who we have around here and I think they’ve done a great job helping me getting it better,” Kriisa said.

Arizona out rebounded ASU 44-30 during this game with Oumar Ballo leading the team with 10 rebounds. Ballo also totaled 14 points and three blocks on 7-10 shooting from the field.

“Yeah, it’s Maui-O, when Oumar plays with force and plays on balance he’s really good,” Lloyd said. “You can just see him slowing down, gathering, catching in there but still being explosive up to the rim on those finishes. I thought he did an amazing job today defensively protecting the rim.”

The Wildcats will now move on to play in their fourth Pac-12 championship game during the past five tournaments that they have played in.

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