ARIZONA BASKETBALL

Azuolas Tubelis, No. 9 Arizona beat Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

Dec 13, 2022, 9:01 PM
Texas A&M Corpus Christi guard Jalen Jackson (4) drives between Arizona forward Azuolas Tubelis (10...

Texas A&M Corpus Christi guard Jalen Jackson (4) drives between Arizona forward Azuolas Tubelis (10) and guard Courtney Ramey (0) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2022, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

(AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

TUCSON, Ariz. — Azuolas Tubelis had 20 points and 13 rebounds and No. 9 Arizona hit a season-high 15 3s in a 99-61 win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Tuesday night.

Tubelis, a 6-foot-11 junior from Lithuania, early in the game became the 53rd player in school history to reach 1,000 career points. He shot 9 of 16 and also had four assists.

Henri Veesaar scored a career-high 16 points off the bench, Oumar Ballo had 13 points and eight rebounds, and Cedric Henderson Jr. had 11 points for the Wildcats (9-1).

Arizona played most of the game without junior point guard Kerr Kriisa after he was subbed out at the first media timeout. He didn’t return due to what the team called a non-COVID illness.

The Wildcats topped the 90-point mark for the fifth time this season and improved to 37-0 under second-year coach Tommy Lloyd when scoring 80 or more. Arizona was 15 of 27 from 3-point range, with eight different players hitting a triple.

Corpus Christi (5-4) got 12 points from Simeon Fryer but overall shot only 30.7%. One of the smallest teams in Division I, the Islanders were outrebounded 52-32.

Corpus Christi hung around for most of the first half, taking a 25-24 lead with 7:28 to go after getting five points on a possession. Fryer made a 3, with Arizona getting called for a foul under the basket at the same time, leading to Ross Williams’ jumper for the brief edge.

The Wildcats scored the next seven points as part of a 15-3 run lead to lead 39-28 with 4:28 left in the first half. The Wildcats were up 47-37 at halftime and expanded the lead to 20 on a 3-pointer from Courtney Ramey with 14:35 remaining

BIG PICTURE

Corpus Christi: In their 20th season at the Division I level, the Islanders are still seeking their first win over a ranked opponent. They haven’t beaten a team from a power conference since knocking off Oregon State in 2009.

Arizona: The Wildcats extended their homecourt win streak to 24 games, tied with Auburn for fourth-longest active streak in the country. Arizona’s all-time best is 71 games, which ran from 1987-92.

UP NEXT

Corpus Christi: Back home Friday to host Division III Schreiner (Texas), the third of four non-Division I schools the Islanders face this season.

Arizona: Hosts No. 6 Tennessee on Saturday night in a rematch of last year’s 77-73 loss in Knoxville.

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