No. 14 Arizona beats No. 17 San Diego State 87-70 in Maui

Nov 22, 2022, 8:04 AM | Updated: 10:12 pm
San Diego State forward Nathan Mensah fouls Arizona center Oumar Ballo as he makes a basket during ...

San Diego State forward Nathan Mensah fouls Arizona center Oumar Ballo as he makes a basket during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022, in Lahaina, Hawaii. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)

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              Arizona center Oumar Ballo (11) makes a slam dunk over San Diego State during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022, in Lahaina, Hawaii. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)
            
              San Diego State head coach Brian Dutcher reacts to a referee's call during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Arizona, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022, in Lahaina, Hawaii. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)
            
              Arizona guard Courtney Ramey (0) gets around San Diego State guard Lamont Butler (5) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022, in Lahaina, Hawaii. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)
            
              San Diego State guard Micah Parrish (3) chases Arizona guard Pelle Larsson (3) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022, in Lahaina, Hawaii. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)
            
              San Diego State forward Nathan Mensah (31) and Arizona guard Adama Bal (2) go for a loose ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022, in Lahaina, Hawaii. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)
            
              Arizona guard Cedric Henderson Jr. and guard Adama Bal react after Henderson Jr. made a three pointer against San Diego State during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022, in Lahaina, Hawaii. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)
            
              Arizona head coach Tommy Lloyd barks orders at his team as they take on San Diego State during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022, in Lahaina, Hawaii. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)
            
              Arizona forward Azuolas Tubelis (10) goes for the basket over San Diego State forward Aguek Arop (33) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022, in Lahaina, Hawaii. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)
            
              Arizona guard Kerr Kriisa (25) makes a layup over San Diego State during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022, in Lahaina, Hawaii. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)
            
              Arizona center Oumar Ballo (11) reacts after drawing a foul after scoring against San Diego State during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022, in Lahaina, Hawaii. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)
            
              Arizona center Oumar Ballo (11) reacts with guard Cedric Henderson Jr., after he scored against San Diego State during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022, in Lahaina, Hawaii. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)
            
              San Diego State forward Nathan Mensah fouls Arizona center Oumar Ballo as he makes a basket during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022, in Lahaina, Hawaii. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)

LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) — Courtney Ramey and Kerr Kriisa scored 21 points apiece and No. 14 Arizona pulled away in the second half to beat 17th-ranked San Diego State 87-70 on Tuesday night in the semifinals of the Maui Invitational.

Arizona (5-0) will play No. 10 Creighton in Wednesday’s championship game. San Diego State will take on No. 9 Arkansas in the consolation finals.

Azuola Tubelis had all 14 of his points in the first half and Ramey scored 12 for Arizona. A twisting layup by Tubelis on an alley-oop pass gave the Wildccats a 31-15 lead at 5:06 before intermission. Darrion Trammell hit a 3-pointer for San Diego State and turned two steals into layups to help the Aztecs close out the half on an 18-6 run to get within 37-33.

Keshad Johnson had two rebound baskets and a three-point play dunk and San Diego State used a 9-3 spurt to grab a 42-40 lead just 2:40 into the second half. It was the Aztecs first and only lead of the game.

Pelle Larsson sank a 3-pointer, Trammell missed a 3 and Oumar Ballo followed with a three-point play to put Arizona up 46-42. The Wildcats upped their lead to 10 on a Ballo free throw with 11:43 remaining and pushed it to 71-56 on a Cedric Henderson jumper with 6:58 left to play.

Ramey, a graduate transfer from the University of Texas, hit all five of his 3-point shots in his second game with Arizona. Kerr added five assists. Ballo finished with 12 points and nine rebounds before fouling out. Henderson scored 10.

Trammell topped San Diego State with 21 points. Micah Parrish scored 10.

Arizona, which came in leading the nation shooting 62.9% from the floor, shot 58.6% against the Aztecs and made 9 of 20 from beyond the arc. SDSU shot 38% overall and made only 3 of 19 from distance.

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