Detroit Free Press
National Basketball Association
Arizona 93, Utah 77
When: 8:30 PM ET, Thursday, January 16, 2020
Where: McKale Center, Tucson, Arizona
Officials: # Gregory Nixon, # Michael Greenstein, # Tom Neely
Attendance: 13549

Zeke Nnaji scored 24 points and grad transfer Max Hazzard matched that output while setting his career high at Arizona as the Wildcats routed Utah 93-77 on Thursday night in Tucson, Ariz.

The Wildcats, who dropped out of the AP poll this week for the first time this season, snapped a two-game losing streak. Arizona (12-5, 2-2 Pac-12) had lost five of its past seven games.

Nnaji, a freshman post player, made 9 of 12 shots from the field -- including his second 3-pointer of the season -- and pulled down a game-high eight rebounds.

Hazzard, a guard who helped UC Irvine win an NCAA Tournament game last season, came off the bench to pour in 14 points in the first half to tie his scoring high at Arizona. He finished 6 of 10 from 3-point range and reached 1,000 career points.

Utah (10-6, 1-3) lost its third consecutive game and dropped to 0-8 in Tucson since joining the Pac-12.

Riley Battin and Timmy Allen each scored 16 to lead the Utes. Allen entered as the Pac-12's leading scorer at 20.2 points per game.

Arizona led by 24 at halftime, and the outcome was never in doubt in the second half, despite an 8-0 run by Utah that cut the deficit to 57-38 with 16:38 left. Nico Mannion responded with a 3-pointer, and Arizona's lead never dipped below 17 until the final minute.

Dylan Smith contributed 12 points and six assists for Arizona. Mannion had 11 points and five assists.

Arizona played without starting center Chase Jeter (8.1 points, 5.3 rebounds per game), who is considered day-to-day because of back spasms. That didn't prevent the Wildcats from getting off to a fast start, going up 14-6 on Hazzard's first 3-pointer after 5 1/2 minutes.

His basket with 11:41 to go in the half gave Arizona its first double-digit lead at 22-11, and the Wildcats' hot shooting pushed the lead to 14 on Hazzard's fourth triple of the half. Arizona shot 54.1 percent overall -- 8 of 14 from 3-point range -- in the first half and took a 52-28 lead into he locker room.

Arizona's Stone Gettings, a graduate transfer from Cornell, made his first start for the Wildcats in place of Jeter. He scored seven points in 28 minutes.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Utah   Arizona
Timmy Allen 16 Scoring Max Hazzard 24
Rylan Jones 5 Assists Dylan Smith 6
Jaxon Brenchley 5 Rebounds Zeke Nnaji 8
Timmy Allen 4 Free Throws Made Zeke Nnaji 5
Both Gach 1 Steals Josh Green 2
Lahat Thioune 1 Blocks Ira Lee 2
Team Stats Summary
Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
Utah 77 43.9 10-28 17-22 11 29 2 2 13
Arizona 93 47.8 15-29 12-14 23 36 5 8 11