TUCSON, Ariz. — Gabe York scored a career-high 23 points, including four 3-pointers, to lead four Arizona players in double figures and the No. 12 Wildcats pulled away in the second half to beat Boise State 88-76 on Thursday night.
Freshman Allonzo Trier scored 11 of his 13 points in the second half for the Wildcats (3-0) in their 41st consecutive home-court victory, the longest active streak in the country. Parker Jackson-Cartwright added 14, also a career best, and Kadeem Allen had 10 for Arizona.
James Webb scored a career-best 27 for the Broncos (1-2). It was the first time the schools have ever met in basketball.
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 3-pointer put them up 47-46 1:22 into the half. Allen followed with a 3 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 3-pointer by Elliott Pitts boosted the lead to 68-61, but Webb made another 3 to cut it to 68-64 with 10:24 remaining. The Wildcats finally got the lead to double digits when York made his final 3 to make it 84-74 with 3:33 left.
Arizona scored the final six points of the first half — the last four by Jackson-Cartwright — to lead 44-42 at the break.
Duncan’s fourth 3-pointer of the game — in six attempts — put the Broncos up 42-38 with 1:45 to go in the half.
York sank a 10-foot floater in the lane to cut it to 42-40 and Jackson-Cartwright tied it with another floater. After an Arizona stop, Jackson-Cartwright’s spin move at the free-throw line for a layup put Arizona up by two with 36 seconds left in the half.
Jackson-Cartwright was 5-for-5 shooting in the first half, two of them 3s, for 12 points. York scored 15 on 5-for-7 shooting, 3 of 5 3-pointers, in the first 20 minutes.
Duncan scored 16 first-half points, including 4 of 6 3s but made only 1 of 5 in the second half.