No. 8 Wildcats pull away to beat Northern Colorado 71-55

Northern Colorado guard Jordan Davis (0) drives on Arizona center Chance Comanche during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Monday, Nov. 21, 2016, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
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TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) Lauri Markannen scored 17 points, Parker Jackson-Cartwright had 15 points and a career-high 11 assists and No. 9 Arizona pulled away over the final 12 1/2 minutes to beat Northern Arizona 71-55 on Monday night.

Kadeem Allen added 10 for the Wildcats (4-0).

Gerard Davis scored 20 for the Bears (1-3). Chaz Glotta, a transfer from Southern Illinois, made 5 of 11 3-pointers for 15 points.

Jackson-Cartwright, whose previous career best was five assists, committed just one turnover. He had none in the previous game against Sacred Heart.

The Wildcats outscored the Bears 34-16 over the final 12:15.

But most of the night, Northern Colorado – picked by coaches and the media to finish near the botton of the Big Sky Conference – gave the Wildcats all they could handle.