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Basketball: What’s happening in Tucson?

By Jeff Faraudo
Tuesday, December 29th, 2009 at 12:21 am in Basketball, Gameday.

This is no way to glide into the Pac-10 season . . .  

AROUND THE PAC-10

Arizona (6-6) lost 99-69 to BYU at McKale Center. Junior guard Jimmer Fredette scored a BYU and arena record 49 points — and had nine rebounds and seven assists, for cryin’ out loud – as the Cougars (13-1) beat the Pac-10′s two Arizona schools by a combined 43 points. The Wildcats have lost twice at home in December for the first time since Lute Olson’s first season of 1983-84. Arizona allowed BYU to shoot 57 percent from the field and the Cats turned the ball over 19 times. Not that it mattered much, but Arizona freshman Derrick Williams had 17 points and seven rebounds.

– Sophomore center Michael Dunigan had a career-high 26 points and senior guard TaJuan Porter, sidelined by an ankle injury most of the past seven games, came off the bench to score 15 points on 5-for-7 shooting from 3-point range as Oregon (8-4) scored a 73-53 victory over winless Arkansas-Pine Bluff. Malcolm Armstead added 14 points and eight assists for the Ducks, who pulled away from a three-point halftime margin to win their fourth straight game, albeit against teams with a combined record of 11-40.

THE NATIONAL SCENE

Reserve guard Dexter Strickland scored 18 points to lead six players in double figures and No. 9 North Carolina (10-3) scored an 81-67 win over Rutgers  (9-3) . . . Ryan Brooks scored 19 points and No. 18 Temple (10-2) beat Bowling Green 63-39 for its sixth straight win . . .  Freshman Elias Harris scored 22 points and Gonzaga (9-3) bounced back from a 35-point loss to Duke to claim a 94-52 win over Eastern Washington.

LOCAL HEROES, RICHMOND HS EDITION

Eli Holman (Richmond HS) had 13 points, 15 rebounds, six blocks and three steals, leading Detroit past Shawnee State 82-53 . . . Not to be outdone, Wendell McKines (Richmond HS) totaled 22 points, 13 rebounds and six assists and New Mexico State routed Prairie View A&M 95-76.

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