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Men's hoops falls to in-state rival Arizona


January 04, 2012

Arizona State (4-9) cut the lead to 13 twice but could get no closer. Rusian Pateev scored a career-high 12 for the Sun Devils in the loss to defending conference regular-season champion Arizona 68-51 in the teams' Pac-12 opener on Saturday.

Arizona got 16 points from Jesse Perry and 14 from Nick Johnson.

The Wildcats (10-4) were up by 14 at the half and by as many as 24 in the second half.

Solomon Hill had 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Wildcats, who made 8 of 20 3-pointers, including 3 of 5 for Johnson.