Wildcats' Late Surge Downs Broncos 88-76
Nov. 19, 2015
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) James Webb III scored 19 of his career-high 27 points in the second half, but ti was not enough as No. 12 Arizona pulled away late for an 88-76 win Thursday, in Tucson, Ariz. The game featured six ties and 15 lead changes.
Webb scored Boise State's first 15 points after halftime as the Broncos (1-2) threatened to end the longest active home winning streak in the country. Boise State was within four at 75-71 with 6:18 to play, but Arizona went on an 11-3 run over the next 4:21 to pick up its 41st consecutive win at the McKale Center.
The Broncos were held without a field goal and missed three free throws during the late stretch.
Nick Duncan added 21 points for Boise State, making five shots from beyond the arc. Duncan, a junior, has reached the 20-point plateau four times in his career.
Gabe York led the way for Arizona with a career-high 23 points, including four three-pointers. Freshman Allonzo Trier scored 11 of his 13 points in the second half for the Wildcats. Parker Jackson-Cartwright added 14, also a career best, and Kadeem Allen had 10 for Arizona.
The lead changed hands 12 times in the first half and Arizona led only 44-42 at the break. Boise State tied it twice early in the second half before the Wildcats began to put the game away.
Ryan Anderson, a transfer from Boston College, grabbed 15 rebounds for Arizona, all defensive.
There were 12 lead changes in the first half but the Broncos were ahead only once in the second. That came when Webb's three-pointer put them up 47-46 1:22 into the half. Allen followed with a three of his own to put Arizona ahead again.
Boise State tied it one more time, 49-49, on Webb's two free throws with 18:09 to play. York's three-point play gave Arizona the lead for good, but never by much.
A three-pointer by Elliott Pitts boosted the lead to 68-61, but Webb made another triple to cut it to 68-64 with 10:24 remaining. The Wildcats finally got the lead to double digits when York made his final three to make it 84-74 with 3:33 left.
Duncan's fourth three-pointer of the half - in six attempts - put the Broncos up 42-38 with 1:45 left before intermission. Arizona reeled off a 6-0 run to close the half and took a 44-42 lead into the locker room.
Jackson-Cartwright was 5-for-5 shooting in the first half, two of them triples, for 12 points. York scored 15 on 5-for-7 shooting, 3-of-5 three-pointers, in the first 20 minutes.
Mikey Thompson made his first start of the season for Boise State, chipping 12 points and a career-best seven assists. Thompson has scored in double figures in each of the Broncos' three games this season, the first time he has strung together three consecutive games of at least 10 points since Nov. 27-Dec. 3, 2013. Through three games, Thompson is averaging 14.7 points on 66 percent shooting to go with 15 assists and two turnovers.
Boise State: Duncan scored 16 first-half points, including 4 of 6 3s but made only 1 of 5 in the second half. ... Webb's previous career high was 23 at New Mexico Jan. 18, 2015. He made seven 3-pointers in that game.
Arizona: The Wildcats attempted 15 3-pointers in the first half, six in the second. ... York's previous career best was 20 against Farleigh-Dickinson Nov. 18, 2013. ... Anderson fell four rebounds shy of the career best he set while at Boston College.
Boise State: vs Concordia (Ore.) Monday in Boise, Idaho.
Arizona: vs Northwestern State Sunday in Tucson, Ariz.
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