No. 4 Arizona defeats East Tennessee State by 20, 73-53
Wildcats overcome 18 turnovers to advance to next round of Diamond Head Classic
In the first game of the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic, the Wildcats faced East Tennessee State and opened up a 25-8 lead in the first half, en route to a 20-point victory of 73-53.
For the second time this season, freshman forward Brandon Ashley led the team in scoring, with 16 on 5-of-8 shooting. No other Wildcat had more than eight points, and the team combined for 18 turnovers compared to 15 assists.
The Wildcats allowed ETSU to make a small run early in the second half, as the Buccaneers decreased the lead to just eight points, but Arizona was able to answer with a run of its own that erased the chance of a potential upset.
Arizona will play either Hawaii or the University of Miami in the semifinals at 9:30 p.m. Sunday.
In improving to 10-0, the Wildcats are one of five remaining undefeated teams in the nation. Arizona’s victory, coupled with No. 3 Syracuse’s loss, means that there is a good chance that Arizona will move up a spot in the upcoming AP rankings.