Riley, Tigers can’t upend Wildcats

Published 10:19 pm Thursday, March 19, 2015

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Malcolm Riley and 15-seed Texas Southern were no match for 2-seed Arizona.

Riley, the son of Selma Police Chief William Riley and former Selma High School basketball standout, scored 8 points and added 4 rebounds before fouling out in the second half.

It likely wouldn’t have mattered if he hadn’t, as the Wildcats rolled to a 93-72 victory behind 23 points from Rondae Hollis-Jefferson. He also added 10 rebounds.

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Arizona led 54-33 at halftime before the teams tied with 39 points in the second half. Stanley Johnson scored 22 points in the game for the Wildcats, who controlled the game after jumping out to an early 15-2 advantage. Texas Southern did not pull within 10 the rest of the way.