Arizona guard Kevin Parrom battled Miami forward Julian Gamble for a rebound in the first half Sunday night in Honolulu.
Eugene Tanner, AP
No. 4 Arizona beats Miami 69-50 in Hawaii
- Article by: OSKAR GARCIA
- Associated Press
- December 24, 2012 - 1:12 AM
HONOLULU - Mark Lyons scored 19 points, and No. 4 Arizona easily defeated Miami 69-50 on Sunday night at the Diamond Head Classic tournament.
Nick Johnson had 12 points, and Kevin Parrom added 11 points and eight rebounds for the Wildcats (11-0). It was the 200th career win for Arizona coach Sean Miller.
Arizona, one of five unbeaten teams left in the country, advanced to Tuesday's championship game of the eight-team tournament against No. 18 San Diego State, which beat Indiana State 62-55 earlier Sunday.
After a close game early with several ties and lead changes, Arizona took a 14-point lead toward the end of the first half and pulled further away in the second. The Wildcats dominated on rebounds and spread their offense among several players.
Miami went scoreless for a four-minute stretch of the second half. Arizona scored 10 points during the drought to take a 26-point lead with less than three minutes remaining.
Arizona shot 48.1 percent (25 of 52) for the game, including 44 percent from 3-point range. Miami made only five 3-pointers, two in the second half.
Kenny Kadji led the Hurricanes (8-2) with 19 points, taking nearly half of his team's shots. Durand Scott scored 15 points.
A putback dunk from Kaleb Tarczewski gave Arizona a 16-point lead seven minutes into the second half. A few minutes later, Lyons casually sank a long 3-pointer to push the lead to 19, then slowly walked backward down the court without expression.
Tarczewski scored eight points and had 13 of Arizona's 46 rebounds. Miami had only 20 rebounds.
Arizona has played only one close game this season, a one-point victory over Florida on Dec. 15.
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