LAHAINA, HI - NOVEMBER 21: Dillon Brooks #24 of the Oregon Ducks tires to dribble around Rodney Pryor #23 of the Georgetown Hoyas during the first half of the Maui Invitational NCAA college basketball game at the Lahaina Civic Center on November 21, 2016 in Lahaina, Hawaii. (Photo by Darryl Oumi/Getty Images)
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Oregon’s Dillon Brooks has a sprained foot

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Oregon junior Dillon Brooks was diagnosed with a sprained left foot on Saturday after the star forward left Thursday’s win over Cal.

There is no timetable for when Brooks will return but a sprain is good news compared to what the injury could have been for Brooks.

The 6-foot-7 Brooks is averaging 13.4 points per game this season as the Ducks look like a much better team with him in the lineup. Brooks missed the first three games of this season with a left foot injury, so that is why there was major concern when Brooks left the Cal game.

Oregon’s faces Stanford at home on Saturday.

Ristic, No. 19 Arizona holds off Texas A&M

TUCSON, AZ - DECEMBER 14:  Dusan Ristic #14 of the Arizona Wildcats reacts after scoring against the Grand Canyon Lopes during the second half of the college basketball game at McKale Center on December 14, 2016 in Tucson, Arizona. The Wildcats defeated the Lopes 64-54.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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HOUSTON — Playing with a seven-man rotation, Arizona coach Sean Miller admitted his team wore down late against Texas A&M.

The Wildcats had just enough left to fight off the Aggies on Saturday.

Dusan Ristic tied a season-high with 18 points as No. 19 Arizona had to hold off a furious rally by Texas A&M for its fourth straight victory, 67-63.

“We have seven scholarship players, and we hit around that 10-minute, 8-minute mark and guys start missing shots and defense is not that easy as it once was,” Miller said. “That is why depth is so critical. . When they sensed we were running out of gas, they put it into overdrive.”

Ristic scored 14 of Arizona’s first 24 points and finished 8 of 12 from the field for the Wildcats (10-2), who shot 40 percent from the field, including 48 percent in the first half.

Lauri Markkanen added 17 points and seven rebounds, and Kobi Simmons chipped in 14 points for the Wildcats.

“We were fortunate to hold on, but I also think we deserved to win,” Miller said.

Tyler Davis had 23 points and 10 rebounds, Robert Williams added 15 points and Admon Gilder had 13 points for the Aggies, who shot 45 percent from the field, including 53 percent in the second half.

Texas A&M (7-3) had its three-game winning streak snapped.

The Aggies mounted a rally over the final 5 minutes, using an 18-0 run to close within 65-63 with 22 seconds left on a 3-pointer by DJ Hogg.

“It demonstrates that we have the ability if we show effort on both ends of the court to win games against really good teams,” Texas A&M coach Billy Kennedy said. “Arizona was better than us for the majority of the game.”

But Rawle Alkins hit two free throws with 15 seconds left to put the Wildcats up by four.

“After the first one, I felt comfortable,” Alkins said. “Coach trusted me and Lauri to make the play happen.”

Tonny Trocha-Morelos missed a 3-pointer, and Davis missed the ensuing putback, allowing Simmons to grab the rebound and dribble out the clock.

Arizona ended the first half with a 9-0 run led by Alkins’ five points to take a 41-28 lead and carried that momentum into the second half, pushing the lead to as many as 22 points with a 17-8 spurt over the first 10 minutes of the second half.

Texas A&M didn’t hit a field goal over the last 5:17 of the first half and shot 3 of 10 with eight turnovers to start the second half.

“For a large portion of the game, that was our best effort because we were playing against a really good team as well,” Miller said.

BIG PICTURE

Arizona: The Wildcats have continued to play well since losing to No. 8 Gonzaga on Dec. 3. Arizona defended well, forcing 14 turnovers and converting them into 18 points. The Wildcats were aggressive and attacked the paint, scoring 32 points.

Texas A&M: The Aggies are still looking for a marquee win after falling to 0-3 against the Pac-12 this season. The Aggies allowed Arizona’s post players to control down low until the final 10 minutes and couldn’t take advantage of 15 offensive rebounds, scoring 13 second-chance points.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Arizona: The Wildcats could move up a couple spots after their fourth straight win.

Texas A&M: The Aggies, who were receiving votes to start the season, will likely remain without votes.

JACKSON-CARTWRIGHT UPDATE

Arizona junior guard Parker Jackson-Cartwright, who missed his fifth straight game Saturday with a high ankle sprain, is closer to returning, Miller said.

“We are anxious to get him back,” Miller said. “He is moving in the direction of coming back. If we can have a couple good weeks, we might get him back a little more to the beginning of the conference season.”

UP NEXT

Arizona: Hosts New Mexico on Tuesday before taking 10 days off ahead of Pac-12 play, which starts Dec. 30 at California.

Texas A&M: Hosts Saint Francis (Pa.) on Wednesday before an eight-day break ahead the start of SEC play Dec. 29 against Tennessee.

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Former top-50 recruit transferring out of Arizona State

LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 16:  Head coach Bobby Hurley of the Arizona State Sun Devils yells to his players during their game against the UNLV Rebels at the Thomas & Mack Center on December 16, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Arizona State won 66-56.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Arizona State is losing a key freshman to transfer as former top-50 prospect Sam Cunliffe plans to transfer.

The 6-foot-6 Cunliffe started all 10 games and averaged 9.5 points and 4.8 rebounds per game for the Sun Devils as the freshman was playing 25.4 minutes per game. Cunliffe showed some flashes of being a talented scorer this season but he was only shooting 34 percent from the field. The last four games Cunliffe struggled to find his shot even more as he was 11-for-44 over that span.

Cunliffe will have to sit out due to NCAA transfer rules, but he’s talented enough to be a major priority for teams looking for a wing for next season. The Seattle native is a big loss for Arizona State as he was the program’s signature recruit in a solid class for head coach Bobby Hurley.

Report: Cal big man Rooks to miss 4-to-6 weeks with knee injury

SPOKANE, WA - MARCH 18: Michael Thomas #25 and Stefan Jovanovic #15 of the Hawaii Warriors go after a loose ball against Kameron Rooks #44 of the California Golden Bears in the second half during the first round of the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena on March 18, 2016 in Spokane, Washington.  (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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Cal will be without big man Kameron Rooks for the next 4-to-6 weeks as he will have knee surgery, according to multiple reports.

The 7-foot-2 junior was a key rotation player for the Golden Bears last year and has appeared in four games this season before the injury. Rooks was putting up 6.5 points and 6.8 rebounds per game in 21.8 minutes, so he was productive playing only about half of every game.

Rooks left Friday’s win over Wyoming and didn’t return. He previously had a torn ACL that cost Rooks the 2014-15 season. Cal is also missing senior wing Jabari Bird right now as he’s been dealing with back spasms.

The Golden Bears are dealing with injuries early in the season but freshman point guard Charlie Moore is playing well and sophomore Ivan Rabb has looked like one of the Pac 12’s best players by averaging over 16 points and 10 rebounds.

Cal wins season opener without injured star big man Ivan Rabb

SPOKANE, WA - MARCH 18: Ivan Rabb #1 of the California Golden Bears drives against Stefan Jankovic #33 of the Hawaii Warriors  during the first round of the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena on March 18, 2016 in Spokane, Washington.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Cal opened its season with a win over South Dakota State on Friday night as the victory came without preseason All-American big man Ivan Rabb.

Rabb, a 6-foot-11 sophomore, sat out the game to rest a sprained toe that happened two weeks ago during a closed scrimmage with Saint Mary’s. According to a report from Jeff Faraudo of The Mercury News, Rabb was not cleared to play on Friday as the team is listing him as day-to-day.

“Hard to say when we expect him back. I don’t think he’ll be out long,” Cal coach Cuonzo Martin said to reporters after the win. “He’s been in practice but not contact.”

Without Rabb, Cal cruised to an 82-55 victory as they jumped out to an early 21-5 lead and never looked back. South Dakota State made it an eight-point game in the second half but the Golden Bears made another 30-3 run to close out strong.

It’s obvious to say that Cal is going to need Rabb to compete for the Pac-12 title this season but they have to be encouraged by how well their defense played without him. Holding any team to 11 minutes without a field goal is impressive and it looks like the Golden Bears might be a better defensive team than I thought.

When you also factor that freshman point guard Charlie Moore — who started on Friday — didn’t shoot very well, this Cal team can still make a lot of improvements going forward.

Top-50 2017 wing Kimani Lawrence commits to Arizona State

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Arizona State landed a huge commitment on Saturday afternoon as head coach Bobby Hurley and the Sun Devils reeled in top-50 Class of 2017 wing Kimani Lawrence.

Regarded as the No. 48 overall prospect in the Class of 2017, according to Rivals, the 6-foot-6 Lawrence picked Arizona State over his other finalists of Florida, Pittsburgh and USC at a press conference.

A versatile wing forward who can do a bit of everything, Lawrence will have to improve his perimeter skills, but he’s a great grab for the Sun Devils.

Lawrence joins three-star guard Remy Martin in the Class of 2017 recruiting class for Arizona State. Hurley has done a nice job of adding talent in these last few classes as he’s starting to piece together a roster that should be talented enough to fight for the postseason soon.