No. 2 Wildcat men's basketball cruises to season-opening win - Tucson News Now

No. 2 Wildcat men's basketball cruises to season-opening win

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By JOHN MARSHALL
AP Basketball Writer

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Brandon Ashley scored a career-high 21 points in his return to the lineup, and No. 2 Arizona shook off a shaky start to open the season with a 78-55 win over Mount St. Mary's Friday night.

Arizona was out of sorts early before closing the first half with a big run to build a 15-point lead that was barely challenged.

Ashley played confidently and moved freely, finishing 9 of 10 from the floor in his return from missing the final 16 games last season with a broken foot.

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson lifted the Wildcats out of their funk with harassing defense and an array of soaring dunks, finishing with 15 points.

An NCAA Tournament team a year ago, Mount St. Mary's managed to keep Arizona within reach for most of the first half. Once the bigger, more athletic Wildcats turned up the pressure, the Mountaineers couldn't keep up.

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    Suns select Deandre Ayton as top overall pick

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    The Phoenix Suns selected former University of Arizona star Deandre Ayton with the top overall pick in the NBA draft Thursday night.

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    NBA Draft prospect Deandre Ayton, who may be the Phoenix Suns' choice with the No. 1 overall pick in this month's NBA draft, talks to the media after an individual workout with the Suns, Wednesday, June 6, 2018 in Phoenix. (Source: AP Photo/Matt York)NBA Draft prospect Deandre Ayton, who may be the Phoenix Suns' choice with the No. 1 overall pick in this month's NBA draft, talks to the media after an individual workout with the Suns, Wednesday, June 6, 2018 in Phoenix. (Source: AP Photo/Matt York)
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    Deandre Ayton spent the morning flashing his skill for the Suns brass and early afternoon flashing his smile for the Suns media. 

    Deandre Ayton spent the morning flashing his skill for the Suns brass and early afternoon flashing his smile for the Suns media. 

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