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No. 2 Arizona pulls away, downs Mount St. Mary's

Nov 14, 2014; Tucson, AZ, USA; Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers guard Byron Ashe (2) shoots the ball as he is guarded by Arizona Wildcats center Kaleb Tarczewski (35) and guard T.J. McConnell (4) during the first half at McKale Center. Mandatory Credit: Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports ** Usable by BS, CT, DP, FL, HC, MC, OS, HOY, CGT and CCT **
Nov 14, 2014; Tucson, AZ, USA; Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers guard Byron Ashe (2) shoots the ball as he is guarded by Arizona Wildcats center Kaleb Tarczewski (35) and guard T.J. McConnell (4) during the first half at McKale Center. Mandatory Credit: Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports ** Usable by BS, CT, DP, FL, HC, MC, OS, HOY, CGT and CCT ** (Casey Sapio, USA Today Sports)

No. 2 Arizona pulled away over the final 10 minutes to down Mount St. Mary's, 78-55, on Friday night in the season opener. Kristijan Krajina paced the Mountaineers with 13 points while Byron Ashe added 12 points and four rebounds.

The Mount (0-1) was right in the game midway through the second half. Krajina's three-pointer and a Chris Martin pull-up jumper cut the deficit to 47-38 with 14:21 remaining. After a 4-0 run by Arizona, the Mount rattled off the next six points to make it 51-44.

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Byron Ashe hit a pair of free throws, Gregory Graves added another free throw, and Will Miller capped the spurt with a triple from the left wing with 11:08 left.

The Wildcats (1-0) responded to the Mount surge with the next 12 points of the game to take their biggest lead at 63-44. T.J. McConnell sparked the streak with four straight points.

The Mount shot 38.5 percent from the floor while hitting 7-of-21 (.333) from three-point range. Arizona held a 35-to-28 edge on the boards and scored 27 points off 16 Mountaineer turnovers.

Taylor Danaher chipped in nine points in the loss while Gregory Graves pulled down a team-high six rebounds.

Arizona was led by Brandon Ashley's 21 points while Kaleb Tarczewski added a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds. Arizona shot 57.4 percent overall.

After falling behind 11-4 early in the first half, the Mount responded with a 10-3 run to even the score at 14-14. Danaher and Ashe each hit three-pointers with a Danaher jumper capping the run.

Later in the half, the Mount again used a quick scoring run to cut the deficit to three points. Miller drained a three-pointer off a baseline inbounds play while Ashe converted a pretty drive to the basket to cut the Arizona lead to 28-25 with 3:21 left in the opening half, forcing a Wildcat timeout. Arizona responded, however, by scoring the final 12 points of the half to take a 15-point lead.

Up next for the Mountaineers is the home opener against Maryland-Eastern Shore at 7:00 pm. At Knott Arena.

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