NCAA Game Summary - New Mexico State at Arizona

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Tucson, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - Brandon Ashley scored 15 points on 3-of-3 shooting from beyond the arc to lead No. 1 ranked Arizona to a 74-48 win over New Mexico State.

Kaleb Tarczewski scored 14 points while freshman Aaron Gordon chipped in with 11 for the Wildcats (10-0).

Fellow freshman Rondae Hollie-Jefferson added 12 points off the bench for Arizona, which is ranked No. 1 for the first time since March of 2003.

Daniel Mullings was the only player for New Mexico State (7-5) in double figures with 18 points.

The Aggies led 11-9 early in the first half when Tarczewski had back-to- back dunks which started a 9-0 run, and the Wildcats did not surrender the lead from that point.

NMSU closed to within one later in the half, but Arizona went on an 8-0 spurt after a pair at the line from Tarcewski for a 29-20 advantage with just over three minutes left.

Hollis-Jefferson made a highlight-reel dunk late in the half after he made a cross-over dribble and barreled into the lane, dunking over Renaldo Dixon. Hollis-Jefferson was fouled on the play and hit the free throw to give the Wildcats a 32-24 lead at the half.

The second half was all Arizona as the offense got rolling.

Mullings hit two free throws and the Wildcats proceeded to use a 12-3 run to gain seperation with a 46-31 lead.

Arizona maintained a 13-point advantage and put the game away when McConnell hit a jumper that started and 11-0 run for a 69-45 lead. Nick Johnson, Arizona's leading scorer, capped the spurt with a layup after he went soaring in for an emphatic slam on the previous play.

GAME NOTES:
Arizona outrebounded the Aggies 38-22 ... Johnson finished with eight points ... NMSU has dropped four in a row with a meeting at Drake looming on Saturday ... Arizona travels to Ann Arbor for a meeting with the previously-ranked Wolverines three days from now.

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