Mar 19, 2015 3:37 PM by Ross Field
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Rondae Hollis-Jefferson had 23 points, 16 in the first half, along with 10 rebounds and the second-seeded Arizona Wildcats overwhelmed No. 15 seed Texas Southern from the start for a 93-72 victory in their NCAA Tournament opener on Thursday.
Pac-12 freshman of the year Stanley Johnson added 22 points for the balanced Wildcats (32-3), who led by as many as 27 points at Portland's Moda Center. Arizona goes on to meet the winner of Thursday's game between seventh-seeded VCU and No. 10 seed Ohio State.
Madarious Gibbs had 15 points for Texas Southern (22-13), which won an automatic bid as the winner of the Southwestern Athletic Conference Tournament. Gibbs, also the Tigers' top scorer during the regular season, was the SWAC Player of the year.
It was the 12th straight win for the Wildcats, who were coming off an 80-52 thrashing of Oregon in the Pac-12 Tournament championship game last weekend.
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