Nick Johnson scored 22 points, Kaleb Tarczewski added 16 and the third-ranked Arizona Wildcats quickly turned their rematch with the California Golden Bears into an 87-59 rout Wednesday night in Tucson, Ariz.
Cal won the first meeting 60-58 on a last-second jumper by Justin Cobbs that sent the students storming the court.
Arizona (26-2, 13-2 Pac-12) ran away from the Bears early in the rematch, using a big first-half run and good shooting (50 percent) all game to prevent the season sweep.
T.J. McConnell had 13 points and six assists, and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson provided a lift off the bench with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Johnson had seven rebounds and five assists after struggling the first game against the Bears.
Cal (18-10, 9-6), struggled at times against Arizona’s defensive pressure and had little chance of stopping the Wildcats at the other end to lose for the 17th time in 19 games at McKale Center.
Arizona State 76, Stanford 64: Jahii Carson scored 26 points – 23 in the second half – and the Sun Devils (20-8, 9-6) turned away Stanford (18-9, 9-6) in Tempe, Ariz., snapping the Cardinal’s three-game winning streak.
With the win, the Sun Devils move into a four-way tie for third in the Pac-12 with three games to play. California, after its loss earlier Wednesday to No. 3 Arizona, Stanford and Colorado are all 9-6 in conference play.
Anthony Brown led Stanford with 21 points.