TEMPE, Ariz. -- Arizona sophomore Nick Johnson has been in bigger games and had bigger performances, but perhaps none has been more satisfying than Saturday's at Wells Fargo Arena.
The same could be said for seventh-ranked Arizona, which came away with what coach Sean Miller called a "hard-fought victory" over rival Arizona State just 10 months after the Sun Devils put an end to the Wildcats' NCAA tournament hopes a season ago.
Afterward, Johnson said his 19 points and impressive all-around play were secondary to UA's 71-54 win in a sold-out road environment.
Im just happy we won, said Johnson, whose father, Joey, played for ASU in the late 1980s. Every game is a big game for us from now on. Were looking to keep on winning and challenge for a Pac-12 title.
"Personal goals? Well, thats not really on my mind. Its about team goals, and that will happen (in time).
Johnson, a sophomore from nearby Gilbert, was recruited by ASU from the time he was an eighth-grader. The win, of cours...