While Bayless was having a great night, the rest of the Wildcats shot just 3-23 from the field.
Thanks to a great start from Bayless the Cats built up a 22-6 lead, but a second foul to center Jordan hill stalled things for the Wildcats. The Sun Devils, led by big man Jeff Pendergraph, dominated the Wildcats the rest of the first half and trimmed the Wildcat lead to just one.
While it was hard to find a good Arizona performance, Chase Budinger was truly off his game. Budinger was just 1-12 from the field and a poor 2-4 from the line.
Arizona trailed by as many as 11 points in the second half, but worked their way back into the game. They had a chance to tie the game in the final seconds, but Bayless’ attempt to draw a foul on a final three-point attempt failed and his missed shot landed in the hands of a Sun Devil.
Bayless’ day is one for record book. It was the highest scoring out put for any Wildcat freshman. He was 12-18 from the field.
Pendergraph took advantage of a lack of Arizona big men. He scored 29 points in the game.
Jerren Shipp added 11 for the Sun Devils. No other Wildcats scored in double figures.
James Harden, who was a key reason the Sun Devils took the first game in Tempe, did not start due to an illness, but played 33 minutes. He was not much of a factor, scoring just five points.
The Cats clearly missed Nic Wise and Bret Brielmaier. Both were in street clothes due to injury.