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No. 12 Arizona beats UTEP 72-51

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No. 12 Arizona beats UTEP 72-51

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) Mark Lyons scored 17 points, Solomon Hill added 10 and No. 12 Arizona overcame some sloppy ball-handling to beat Texas-El Paso 72-51 Thursday night.

After taking care of the ball in its opener, Arizona (2-0) had some careless moments against UTEP, turning it over 19 times. The Wildcats also fouled a little too much, particularly in the second half, which let the Miners keep it close for a while.

Arizona made up for it by shooting 9 of 18 from 3-point range and dominating the glass, outrebounding the Miners 35-15.

Despite trailing by as many as 21 points, UTEP (1-1) remained aggressive, getting to the free-throw line 16 times in the second half. The Miners went 14 of 29 from the line overall, but shot 36 percent from the floor against Arizona's long front line.

Julian Washburn and Chris Washburn each had 11 points for UTEP.

Arizona and UTEP are no strangers on the basketball court.

The Wildcats and Miners played in the same conference together from 1935-78, first with the Border Conference, then the Western Athletic Conference.

They hadn't met since 1995, though, and went in different directions after that: Arizona became a national powerhouse in a major conference while UTEP scratched its way into the NCAA tournament twice.

Arizona entered this season with some big expectations after coach Sean Miller signed another highly touted recruiting class that included four of the top incoming big men in the country.

They didn't contribute much in the Wildcats' opener, though, forcing Miller to go with his veterans down the stretch in a tighter-than-expected 82-73 home win over Charleston Southern.

Arizona's young bigs got off to a good start against UTEP, with Kaleb Tarczewski scoring its first basket on a putback and Grant Jerrett hitting a 3-pointer for the next one.

They also hit the boards: Tarczewski, Jerrett and Brandon Ashley combined to outrebound UTEP 12-8 in the first half.

All the Wildcats seemed to be hitting 3-pointers.

Lyons opened with two early and added another late while scoring 11 points in the first half. The Wildcats went 8 of 13 from long range in the half and had 15 more rebounds, helping them overcome 11 turnovers - three more than the entire opener - to lead 35-22.

UTEP had it easy in its first game, rolling over Oral Roberts by 20. The Miners have struggled on the road - 1-11 last season - and were facing a big upgrade in talent, not to mention one of the toughest atmospheres in college basketball.

UTEP struggled offensively early, missing 11 of its first 16 shots. The Miners fought their way back a couple of times, using their defense and a slew of free throws to cut Arizona's lead to 39-31 in the first 4 minutes of the second half.

Hill took over from there, hitting a 3-pointer, a rebound slam and a baseline jumper. Then he fed Angelo Chol for another from the same spot that put Arizona up 50-33.

The Miners chipped away again, pulling within eight, but Arizona didn't let them any closer, pulling away down the stretch.

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Wizards' third pre-draft workout to feature local stars including GW's Yuta Watanabe

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Wizards' third pre-draft workout to feature local stars including GW's Yuta Watanabe

The Wizards will hold their third pre-draft workout on Thursday at Capital One Arena, this time featuring four local standouts out of the six players attending. Highlighting that group is Yuta Watanabe of George Washington, the Atlantic-10 Defensive Player of the Year.

Here is the full list with notes on each player...

Phillip Carr, F, Morgan State (6-9, 205)

Carr averaged 13.7 points and 9.3 rebounds this past season at Morgan State in Maryland. He shot 84.6 percent from the free throw line, excellent for a big man.

Potential fit with Wizards: candidate for summer league or G-League team as undrafted free agent

James Daniel III, G, Tennessee (6-0, 172)

Originally from Hampton, Va., Daniel III played four years at Howard University in D.C. before transferring to Tennessee as a redshirt senior. He was the MEAC Player of the Year in his last healthy season at Howard. Daniel III averaged 5.6 points in 35 games for the Volunteers.

Potential fit with Wizards: candidate for summer league or G-League team as undrafted free agent

Marcus Derrickson, F, Georgetown (6-7, 250)

Derrickson hails from nearby Bowie, Md. He played three years with the Hoyas and averaged 15.9 points, 8.1 rebounds and shot 46.5 percent from three this past season. 

Potential fit with Wizards: candidate for summer league or G-League team as undrafted free agent

Junior Etou, F, Tulsa (6-8, 235)

Originally from the Republic of Congo, Etou went to high school at Bishop O'Connell in Arlington, Va. He is Serge Ibaka's cousin and didn't start playing basketball until he was 15. Etou averaged 15.0 points and 7.9 rebounds this past season.

Potential fit with Wizards: candidate for summer league or G-League team as undrafted free agent

Junior Robinson, G, Mount St. Mary's (5-5, 150)

The Northeast Conference Player of the Year, Robinson averaged 22.0 points and 4.8 assists this past season. He was a four-year starter at Mount St. Mary's.

Potential fit with Wizards: candidate for summer league or G-League team as undrafted free agent

Yuta Watanabe, F, George Washington (6-9, 205)

One of the best basketball players to ever come from Japan, Watanabe was a defensive standout for the Colonials who developed into a solid scorer by his senior year. This past season, he averaged 16.3 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game. He is known in Japan as 'The Chosen One' and both of his parents played basketball professionally. NBC Sports Washington first reported he would work out with the Wizards this week.

Potential fit with Wizards: candidate for summer league or G-League team as undrafted free agent; best chance for NBA is as defensive specialist

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Tom Wilson is single-handedly trying to fight every player on the Lightning in Game 7

Tom Wilson is single-handedly trying to fight every player on the Lightning in Game 7

TOM WILSON IS ALL JACKED UP ON MOUNTAIN DEW. 

17 minutes into Game 7 and Tom Wilson is already out here doing Tom Wilson things. 

First, there were these shenanigans:

Pretty standard stuff. Some anger words, some glove pulling. Nothing special. Then, friends - then it gets real:

Let this marinate a little bit. Wilson got a minor for fighting, served his time, and then IMMEDIATELY came out of the box and did literally the exact same thing. 

He punched a guys helmet off. Those helmets have straps to stay on for this exact reason, and it didn't matter. If this was medieval jousting, Braydon Coburn would be declared the loser on the spot. 

Get you a friend like Tom Wilson. 

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