TUCSON, Ariz. — Freshman Stanley Johnson's 14 points led a balanced attack for No. 3 Arizona in the Wildcats' 87-56 win over Utah Valley on Tuesday night.
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson scored 12 points and pulled down 10 rebounds, Dusan Ristic scored 13 points and Gabe York added 11 for the Wildcats (9-0). Ristic and Johnson each had seven rebounds.
Utah Valley went seven minutes of the second half without a point, trailing 62-30 at the 12-minute mark. Arizona continued to pull away, leading by 34 points at one point.
The win gave Arizona 36 straight regular-season non-conference victories, the longest streak in the nation.
The Wildcats used a 12-0 run over 3 1/2 minutes of the first half to take a commanding lead, going from a 16-14 deficit at the 13:04 mark to a 26-16 lead a short time later on Parker Jackson-Cartwright's steal and layup.
The Wolverines (3-5) led 16-14 after guard Jaden Jackson hit a 3-pointer with 13:24 to go in the first half, but they never held a lead again. Utah Valley lost its fourth straight game.
Arizona's defense was the major difference, as the Wildcats forced Utah Valley into 17-of-47 shooting for the game and shut off the penetration lanes and got eight blocked shots.
An alley-oop from Johnson to Kaleb Tarczewski for a dunk with 6:24 to play in the first half gave the Wildcats a 34-24 lead. Arizona took its largest lead of the half on a 3-pointer from the right baseline by Elliott Pitts that made it 42-28 at halftime.
Arizona opened the second half on a 20-2 run, ignited by 3-pointers from Johnson and York and a dunk by York at 16:40. That slammed the door on Utah Valley's chances.
Chad Ross led the Wolverines with 12 points and Marcel Davis added 10. It was the first meeting between the two schools and the highest-ranked team Utah Valley has ever played.
Arizona: The Wildcats held an opponent under 80 points for the 54th straight game, going back to March of 2013. Arizona has a 27-game winning streak at home. Wildcats forward Brandon Ashley was issued a technical foul for arguing with officials with 9:38 to play in the game. Head coach Sean Miller substituted for him immediately, then moments later the Wildcats were called for another technical foul.
Utah Valley: Tuesday's game ended seven straight on the road for the Wolverines, going back to Nov. 17.. The Wolverines' most notable basketball alumnus is NBA guard Ronnie Price of the Los Angeles Lakers. The Wolverines are 0-6 all-time against Top 25 opponents.
Arizona hosts Michigan on Saturday.
Utah Valley hosts Utah State on Saturday.