No. 8 Arizona 111, Jackson State 83
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) _ Donnell Harris, filling in for the injured A.J. Bramlett, had career highs of 21 points and 16 rebounds as No. 8 Arizona overcame a shortage of players to beat Jackson State 111-83 Saturday night.
Arizona (5-1) won easily despite the availability of just six scholarship players because guard Miles Simon was declared academically ineligible and Bramlett strained a ligament and tendon in his right foot a day earlier. That forced the Wildcats to use walk-ons during the final five minutes.
Michael Dickerson had 24 points for the Wildcats, who had four starters in double figures just three minutes into the second half and five by game’s end.
Jackson State (2-5) got 19 points from DeCarto Draper.
Dickerson, who averages 25.8 points, sat the final 5:14. He missed his first three shots, then made six of his final eight before halftime.
Jackson State attempted to climb back following halftime by making its first three shots to close the gap to 53-40. The Tigers trailed 57-43 when Arizona went on a 10-0 spurt to turn the game into a rout.
Harris and Dickerson accounted for all the points during the spurt. Harris had an offensive putback, a drive and two free throws, and Dickerson had a layup and a high-flying dunk off an inbounds pass.
The Wildcats were sluggish early, but got going with a 14-point run to a 20-8 lead. Dickerson had two of three Arizona 3-pointers during the run.
Arizona continually transformed Jackson State turnovers into layups or free throws, and the Wildcats outscored the Tigers 13-3 to take a 21-point lead with 3:05 left in the first half.