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Arizona beats rival Arizona State 80-67 for season sweep

Terrell Brown Jr. scored 18 points, Azoulas Tubelis had 16 points and 12 rebounds, and Arizona dominated Arizona State early in an 80-67 victory on Monday night.

The Wildcats (12-3, 6-3 Pac-12) rallied from a late seven-point deficit to beat Arizona State on a last-second shot on Thursday.

Arizona overwhelmed the Sun Devils from the opening tip in the rematch, building a double-digit lead in the first three minutes, 22 by halftime. The Wildcats shot 54% and held on through some shaky moments in the second half to sweep the season series for the fourth time in six years.

Arizona head coach Sean Miller reacts to a play against Arizona State during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Monday, Jan. 25, 2021, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP PhotoRick Scuteri)

The Sun Devils (4-8, 1-5) were bitter about a late no-call in Thursday's game and came out flat when the rivalry shifted down Interstate-10.

Arizona State didn't score in the game's opening 6 1/2 minutes and trailed by 26 before showing some fight late in the second half. The Sun Devils trimmed the deficit to nine, but ran out of time to complete the comeback, losing their sixth straight.

Remy Martin had 24 points and Jalen Graham finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds to lead Arizona State.

The Wildcats won the first of two games in five days 84-82 on Tubelis' tip-in at the buzzer.

Tubelis kicked off the final sequence by blocking Martin's shot with nine seconds left, but replays showed he hit the senior guard across the arm. Arizona State coach Bobby Hurley was furious at the no call and complained about it in his postgame interview, leading to a reprimand by the Pac-12 Conference.

The Wildcats jumped on the Sun Devils early in the late-starting rematch — 9 p.m. local — turning missed shots and Arizona State turnovers into transition baskets. Arizona scored the game's first 12 points and led 40-18 at halftime.

Arizona State was disjointed at both ends in a near-empty McKale Center.

The Sun Devils missed their first 12 shots, didn't score until Marcus Bagley's layup at 13:16 of the first half and compounded the mistakes by struggling to get back on defense during Arizona's opening run.

Arizona State and shot 8 of 25 in the half, including 1 for 13 from 3.

The Sun Devils played better in the second half and Arizona struggled with turnovers as the lead dwindled. Unlike last season, when Arizona State rallied from 22 points down to win, the Wildcats' lead was too much to overcome.

BIG PICTURE

Arizona State outplayed Arizona in the second half, but came alive too late to complete another comeback.

Arizona dominated Arizona State at both ends in one of its best halves of the season, but took its foot off the gas to allow Arizona State to rally.

UP NEXT

Arizona State hosts California on Thursday.

Arizona hosts Stanford Thursday.

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