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Arizona leads ASU in Duel in the Desert

Colin Darland
Colin Darland / Daily Wildcat

After a sloppy first half of basketball, the Arizona Wildcats lead the ASU Sun Devils 34-20 at halftime.

Both teams started the game cold from the field shooting a combined 6-for-25 from the line and nine total turnovers in the first eight minutes of the game.

The first half was epitomized by the Sun Devils 13 turnovers and the Wildcats aggressive defense. ASU had 10 turnovers in the first 12 minutes of play.

Arizona grabbed seven steals in the half but had 10 turnovers of its own. At one point, the Sun Devils went five minutes without scoring, while Arizona went on an 11-0 run.

The Wildcats picked up the slack on offense by the end of the half, improving their shooting percentage from 27 percent to 42 percent.

With about four minutes left in the period, freshman Nick Johnson briefly left the game after injuring his right hand, but he returned before the half’s end.

Jesse Perry and Solomon Hill lead Arizona with 8 points. Hill also leads with five rebounds.

Check back with at the end of the game for a full recap, and follow @WildcatHoops for in-game updates.

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