TUCSON, Ariz. – Nick Johnson scored 22 points and Aaron Gordon provided a huge boost despite a rough shooting night, helping top-ranked Arizona pull away from Utah 65-56 Sunday night for its school-record 20th straight win.
Arizona (20-0, 7-0 Pac-12) struggled early in both halves before Gordon made key plays with his hustle during a deciding second-half run. He finished with 10 points on 3-of-13 shooting and grabbed 12 rebounds.
The Wildcats offset a 3-for-14 night from 3-point range with 20 offensive rebounds that led to 19 second-chance points.
Utah (14-6, 3-5) kept it close before wearing down in the closing minutes, unable to keep the athletic Wildcats off the glass or from scoring inside to remain winless on the road. Delon Wright had 19 points and Jordan Loveridge added 13 for the Utes, who were outrebounded 40-29 and outscored 38-24 in the paint.
No. 13 MASSACHUSETTS 90, FORDHAM 52: In Amherst, Mass., Chaz Williams had 18 points and eight assists and Massachusetts rebounded from a loss.
No. 15 CINCINNATI 80, TEMPLE 76: In Philadelphia, Sean Kilpatrick scored a season-high 29 points and Cincinnati staved off a Temple comeback to remain undefeated in the American Athletic Conference.
No. 23 MEMPHIS 80, SOUTH FLORIDA 58: In Memphis, Tenn., Chris Crawford scored 15 points and converted five of Memphis’ season-high 10 3-pointers.
No. 3 DUKE 111, PITTSBURGH 67: In Durham, N.C., Tricia Liston scored 23 points and became Duke’s all-time leader in career 3-pointers.
No. 5 LOUISVILLE 88, MEMPHIS 61: In Louisville, Ky., Shoni Schimmel scored 29 points, hitting a school-record nine 3-pointers, to lift Louisville over Memphis.
No. 12 BAYLOR 69, No. 8 OKLAHOMA STATE 66, OT: In Stillwater, Okla., Odyssey Sims converted a three-point play with 3.8 seconds remaining in overtime to give Baylor a victory.
No. 9 KENTUCKY 68, ARKANSAS 58: In Lexington, Ky., Jennifer O’Neill scored 21 points to lead Kentucky.
No. 10 SOUTH CAROLINA 61, No. 16 VANDERBILT 57: In Nashville, Tenn., Tiffany Mitchell scored on a driving layup with 50.9 seconds left to lift South Carolina to a win.
No. 11 TENNESSEE 76, No. 17 TEXAS A&M 55: In College Station, Texas, Meighan Simmons scored 26 points as Tennessee raced past Texas A&M.
No. 13 PENN STATE 83, MINNESOTA 53: In State College, Pa., Maggie Lucas scored 25 points and Dara Taylor added 15 points and 10 assists to help Penn State roll.
No. 14 ARIZONA STATE 68, COLORADO 66: In Boulder, Colo., Promise Amukamara forced two turnovers in the finals seconds and Adrianne Thomas made the game-winning free throws as Arizona State avoided the upset.
No. 15 LSU 66, MISSISSIPPI 56: In Oxford, Miss., Theresa Plaisance scored 23 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as LSU held Mississippi without a point over the final 3 1/2 minutes to secure a win.
NORTHWESTERN 63, No. 21 NEBRASKA 59: In Evanston, Ill., Nia Coffey scored 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as Northwestern avenged an earlier loss to Nebraska.
No. 23 N.C. STATE 80, GEORGIA TECH 73: In Atlanta, Len’Nique Brown had 17 points, seven rebounds and six assists to lead North Carolina State.
No. 24 FLORIDA STATE 70, VIRGINIA TECH 54: In Tallahassee, Fla., Natasha Howard scored 15 of her 17 points in the second half to propel Florida State.
BUFFALO 73, BALL STATE 69: In Muncie, Kristen Sharkey scored a game-high 36 and Mackenzie Loesing added 21 to lead the Bulls (11-7, 4-3 MAC).
Note: Indiana Tech’s basketball double-header against Aquinas College was postponed because of extreme weather and hazardous travel conditions. A rescheduled date had yet to be determined.