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Arizona powers past North Dakota

SALT LAKE CITY -- Lauri Markkanen scored 20 points, including several key first-half baskets, to power second seed Arizona to a 100-82 victory over 15 seed North Dakota in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday.

Rawle Alkins also had 20 points and Allonzo Trier added 18 for the Wildcats. Arizona (31-4) won its fifth straight game and for the 10th time in its last 11 games. The Wildcats will face seventh seed Saint Mary's in the second round on Saturday.

Quinton Hooker scored 25 points and Drick Bernstine added 20 to lead North Dakota. The Fighting Hawks (22-10) made their NCAA Tournament debut after winning both the Big Sky Tournament and regular season championship.

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Arizona vs. North Dakota -- March Madness 2017
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Arizona vs. North Dakota -- March Madness 2017
March 16, 2017; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Arizona Wildcats forward Lauri Markkanen (10) shoots a basket against the defense of North Dakota Fighting Hawks forward Conner Avants (32) during the first half in the first round of the NCAA tournament at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports
March 16, 2017; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Arizona Wildcats forward Lauri Markkanen (10) and guard Allonzo Trier (35) react against the North Dakota Fighting Hawks during the first half in the first round of the NCAA tournament at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports
March 16, 2017; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Arizona Wildcats center Chance Comanche (21) loses the ball against North Dakota Fighting Hawks forward Drick Bernstine (43) and center Carson Shanks (5) during the second half in the first round of the NCAA tournament at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports
March 16, 2017; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Arizona Wildcats guard Allonzo Trier (35) dunks to score a basket against the North Dakota Fighting Hawks during the first half of the first round of the NCAA tournament at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
March 16, 2017; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Arizona Wildcats center Chance Comanche (21) and forward Keanu Pinder (25) play for the ball against North Dakota Fighting Hawks guard Quinton Hooker (21) and forward Drick Bernstine (43) during the first half in the first round of the NCAA tournament at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports
March 16, 2017; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Arizona Wildcats forward Lauri Markkanen (10) moves to the basket against North Dakota Fighting Hawks forward Conner Avants (32) during the first half of the first round of the NCAA tournament at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
March 16, 2017; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Arizona Wildcats center Chance Comanche (21) loses the ball against North Dakota Fighting Hawks forward Drick Bernstine (43) and center Carson Shanks (5) during the second half in the first round of the NCAA tournament at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports
SALT LAKE CITY, UT - MARCH 16: Lauri Markkanen #10 of the Arizona Wildcats attempts a shot against the North Dakota Fighting Sioux during the first round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Vivint Smart Home Arena on March 16, 2017 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
SALT LAKE CITY, UT - MARCH 16: Lauri Markkanen #10 of the Arizona Wildcats dunks the ball against the North Dakota Fighting Sioux during the first round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Vivint Smart Home Arena on March 16, 2017 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
SALT LAKE CITY, UT - MARCH 16: Parker Jackson-Cartwright #0 of the Arizona Wildcats handles the ball against the North Dakota Fighting Sioux during the first round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Vivint Smart Home Arena on March 16, 2017 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
March 16, 2017; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Arizona Wildcats guard Allonzo Trier (35) reacts against the North Dakota Fighting Hawks during the first half in the first round of the NCAA tournament at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports
March 16, 2017; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Arizona Wildcats forward Lauri Markkanen (10) moves to the basket against North Dakota Fighting Hawks forward Drick Bernstine (43) during the second half in the first round of the NCAA tournament at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports
March 16, 2017; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Arizona Wildcats center Chance Comanche (21) and forward Keanu Pinder (25) play for the ball against North Dakota Fighting Hawks guard Quinton Hooker (21) and forward Drick Bernstine (43) during the first half in the first round of the NCAA tournament at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports
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Arizona used a 13-1 run to open up a 24-13 lead midway through the first half. Parker Jackson-Cartwright drained a go-ahead 3-pointer to ignite the run. He bookended it by feeding Allen for a jumper and then scoring a layup on the ensuing possession.

North Dakota trimmed the deficit to seven points twice before halftime, the second time on a Hooker layup that cut Arizona's lead to 28-21. The Wildcats snuffed out the rally behind a flurry of baskets from Markkanen. He converted a pair of 3-point plays and drained a jumper over three consecutive possessions to put Arizona ahead 36-24.

The Wildcats led by as many as 17 points in the first half, going up 46-29 after Trier dunked the ball and Jackson-Cartwright tacked on another layup on back-to-back possessions.

North Dakota briefly threatened the Wildcats after halftime. The Fighting Hawks cut Arizona's lead to 68-61 on a layup from Drick Bernstine with 12:07 remaining.

The Wildcats used a 12-0 run to quell any remaining comeback hopes. It started with a 3-point play from Allen and ended with a pair of free throws from Trier and an 80-61 Arizona lead with 7:29 left in the game.

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