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No. 2 Arizona wears down Missouri for 72-53 victory in opening round of Maui Invitational

  • Arizona forward Stanley Johnson (5) slides past Missouri forward Keanau Post (45) to shoot a layup in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game at the Maui Invitational on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, in Lahaina, Hawaii. (AP Photo/Eugene Tanner)

    Arizona forward Stanley Johnson (5) slides past Missouri forward Keanau Post (45) to shoot a layup in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game at the Maui Invitational on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, in Lahaina, Hawaii. (AP Photo/Eugene Tanner)  (The Associated Press)

  • Missouri guard Tramaine Isabell, left, looks for a teammate to pass to while being defended by Arizona guard Parker Jackson-Cartwright (0) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game at the Maui Invitational on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, in Lahaina, Hawaii. (AP Photo/Eugene Tanner)

    Missouri guard Tramaine Isabell, left, looks for a teammate to pass to while being defended by Arizona guard Parker Jackson-Cartwright (0) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game at the Maui Invitational on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, in Lahaina, Hawaii. (AP Photo/Eugene Tanner)  (The Associated Press)

  • Arizona guard Parker Jackson-Cartwright, left, ducks under Missouri guard Keith Shamburger, right, and shoots a layup in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game at the Maui Invitational on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, in Lahaina, Hawaii. (AP Photo/Eugene Tanner)

    Arizona guard Parker Jackson-Cartwright, left, ducks under Missouri guard Keith Shamburger, right, and shoots a layup in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game at the Maui Invitational on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, in Lahaina, Hawaii. (AP Photo/Eugene Tanner)  (The Associated Press)

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Brandon Ashley each scored 15 points, helping No. 2 Arizona wear down Missouri for a 72-53 victory in the opening round the Maui Invitational on Monday.

Arizona (4-0) has struggled shooting from the perimeter this season and had another rough day from behind the arc, hitting a couple shots late to finish 5 of 16 from 3-point range.

The Wildcats made up for it on defense, holding Missouri (2-2) to 36 percent shooting while scoring 24 points off the Tigers' 17 turnovers.

Freshman Stanley Johnson had 14 points for Arizona and T.J. McConnell nine assists to offset a 2-for-11 game from the floor.

Montaque Gill-Caesar led Missouri with 13 points.