Kyle Fogg hit six 3-pointers and matched a career high with 26 points, leading No. 15 Arizona to a 67-52 win over rival Arizona State on Sunday in Tempe, Ariz.
Arizona (21-4 overall, 10-2 Pacific-10 Conference) didn’t shoot particularly well against Arizona State’s zone – 40 percent – and leading scorer Derrick Williams was held to 11 points.
But the Wildcats made up for it with a hounding defense and big contributions from Fogg, who was averaging 7.9 points a game this season, and Jesse Perry, who scored all of his 10 points in the second half.
Arizona State (9-15, 1-11) played gritty defense, blocking a season-high nine shots, but couldn’t find many seams in Arizona’s man-to-man defense while losing its 10th straight conference game.
Jamelle McMillan had 12 points, but the Sun Devils shot 37 percent.
Arizona State had gotten the better of this in-state rivalry recently, winning six of seven before this season, and was supposed to be the team on the rise after finishing second in the Pac-10 a year ago.
How quickly things change.
Arizona is back in its familiar place atop the Pac-10 and the Sun Devils have spiraled to the bottom of the standings.
The Washington schools will visit the Arizona schools this week.
The Huskies, third in the Pac-10, will play at Arizona State at 5:30 p.m. Thursday (no TV) and at Arizona at 3 p.m. Saturday (ESPN).
The fourth-place Cougars will play at Arizona at 5:30 p.m. Thursday (FSN) and at Arizona State at 11 a.m. Saturday (FSN).
TOP 25 MEN
No. 5 Duke 81, at Miami 71: Nolan Smith scored 16 of his 18 points in the second half, Seth Curry added 16 and the Blue Devils (23-2, 10-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) extended their conference lead with a victory over the Hurricanes (15-10, 4-7).
At No. 10 Connecticut 75, Providence 57: Jamal Coombs-McDaniel had a career-high 25 points and Kemba Walker added 22 as the Huskies (19-5, 7-5 Big East) beat the Friars (14-11, 3-9).
At No. 11 Georgetown 69, Marquette 60: Chris Wright scored 20 points, Austin Freeman added 17 despite limping off the court in the first half, and Hoyas (20-0, 9-4 Big East) ran away from the Golden Eagles (15-10, 6-6).
No. 14 Purdue 81, at Illinois 70: JaJuan Johnson scored 24 points and E’Twaun Moore added 20 to rally the Boilermakers (20-5, 9-3 Big Ten) past the Fighting Illini (16-9, 6-6) despite 28.6 percent shooting in the first half.
No. 4 Tennessee 65, at Vanderbilt 57: Shekinna Stricklen scored 14 points and Lauren Avant added 11 off the bench to help the Lady Vols (24-2, 12-0 Southeastern Conference) rally from an 11-point deficit in the last 13:52 to beat the Commodores (17-8, 8-4).
Virginia 60, at No. 12 Maryland 57: Ariana Moorer scored 17 points and Whitny Edwards made two clutch free throws with 11.2 seconds remaining to help the Cavaliers (14-13, 4-8 Atlantic Coast Conference) complete the upset over the Terrapins (20-5, 6-4), who committed 17 turnovers.
No. 20 Miami 78, at No. 13 North Carolina 66: Riquna Williams scored 25 points to lead the Hurricanes (22-3, 8-2 ACC) to a victory over the Tar Heels (22-4, 8-3).
At St. John’s 75, No. 16 Georgetown 71: Amanda Burakoski scored 15 points to help the Red Storm (17-7, 6-5 Big East) upset the Hoyas (20-6, 8-4).
At Louisville 57, No. 17 West Virginia 47: Shoni Schimmel scored 17 points as the Cardinals (16-9, 7-4 Big East) handed the Mountaineers (20-6, 6-6) their third straight loss.
At Arizona 73, Arizona State 61: Ify Ibekwe had 22 points and 22 rebounds to lead the Wildcats (14-9, 5-7) past the Sun Devils (14-8, 6-6), who 21 points from Dymond Simon.