(Sporting Alert, Box Scores) — Brandon Ashley and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson each scored 15 points and No. 3 Arizona ran away 72-53 victors over Missouri in the EA Sports Maui Invitational on Monday night.
Hollis-Jefferson went 5-of-6 from the field and pulled down six rebounds, while Ashley shot 5 for 9 from the floor for the Wildcats (4-0), who will now take on the Kansas State Wildcats in the winners bracket on Tuesday.
Stanley Johnson collected 14 points, four rebounds, three steals, two assists and a block in the win for Arizona, which recovered from a very slow start to the game.
The Wildcats missed its opening four shots and went 0-of-8 from three-point range to start the game, but finished the contest on a high after they knocked down five of their final eight three-pointers.
“That initial surge out of the gates of playing well at both ends, I don’t know if we’ve really done that,” Arizona coach Sean Miller said to AP.
“I can also flip it and make it a positive, because like every team at this time of the year, you’re in search of getting better and improving.
“Today is another step for our team.”
Montaque Gill-Caesar scored 13 points and four boards, and Johnathan Williams III and Keith Shamburger each added 11 points for the Tigers (2-2).
Missouri will next face the Purdue Boilermakers in the Maui Invitational loser’s bracket on Tuesday.
LOUISVILLE EASED TO BLOWOUT WIN
At the KFC Yum! Center, in Kentucky, No. 6 Louisville held Savannah State to just seven first half points, while scoring more than 40 points in each half on their way to a commanding 87-26 victory.
The Cardinals scored 29 points before Savannah State got off the mark with two free throws, while the Tigers failed to score a field goal until the scoreline was 5-37 with 1:26 left in the first half.
Louisville, who ended the game with season-highs 16 steals and 8 blocks, held a 41-7 lead at the half.
At the end of the game, Montrezl Harrell finished with 15 points and nine rebounds, Wayne Blackshear scored 13 points, five rebounds, and three steals and Chinanu Onuaku added 10 points, nine rebounds and six blocks in the win for the Cardinals (4-0).
No Savannah State (2-3) players scored in double figures, with Alante Fenner leading the way with eight points and six rebounds off the bench.
The Tigers, which scored a season-low 26 points in the game, were 0-of-16 from three-point attempts and 10-of-51 from the field overall.
No. 11 Kansas bounced back from the embarrassing 72-40 defeat to No. 1 Kentucky with a 87-60 win over Rider at the Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kansas.
Perry Ellis and Brannen Greene each scored 17 points for the Jayhawks (2-1), which went 59.6-percent from the field on 31-for-52 shooting.
Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk and Cliff Alexander scored 10 points apiece in the win for Kansas, who led 51-22 at halftime.
Xavier Lundy paced Rider (2-2) with 15 points and Teddy Okereafor finished with 10 in the defeat.
Top 25 Scores and Box Scores
(3) Arizona 72, Missouri 53 – Box Score
(6) Louisville 87, Savannah State 26 – Box Score
(11) Kansas 87, Rider 60 – Box Score
(12) Villanova 77, (14) Virginia Commonwealth 53 – Box Score
(13) Iowa State 84, Alabama 74 – Box Score
(15) San Diego St 92, BYU 87 – Box Score
(19) Michigan 70, Oregon 63 – Box Score
(20) Michigan State 79, Santa Clara 52 – Box Score