FORMER CHESTER High star Rondae Hollis-Jefferson had 12 points and a game-high eight rebounds off the bench to help lead No. 1 Arizona to a 74-48 win over New Mexico State last night.

Hollis-Jefferson, a freshman forward, added three assists and two blocks.

Arizona labored at the start in its first game as the nation's top-ranked team before pulling away.

The Wildcats (10-0) were led by Brandon Ashley, who had 15 points and Kaleb Tarczewski, who added 14.

Daniel Mullings had 18 points for the Aggies (7-5).

In other games

* At Wisconsin, Ben Brust scored 18 points and Frank Kaminsky added 16 as the No. 4 Badgers defeated Milwaukee, 78-52, to go to 11-0 for the first time since 1993-94.

Kyle Kelm's 17 points led Milwaukee (9-3).

* At Ohio State, Lenzelle Smith Jr. scored 19 points and the No. 3 Buckeyes pulled away early to beat Bryant, 86-48.

Amir Williams added 12 points and nine rebounds for Ohio State (9-0).

It was an early round game in the Blackrock Gotham Classic which will conclude on Dec. 21 with the Buckeyes meeting Notre Dame at Madison Square Garden.

Dyami Starks had 16 points for Bryant (6-5).

Noteworthy * 

Former North Carolina State coach Sidney Lowe has pleaded guilty to failing to file his North Carolina tax returns for 3 years.

He received a suspended 45-day jail sentence, was placed on 36 months of unsupervised probation, must complete 100 hours of community service within the year and must pay more than $79,000 in restitution plus a $2,000 fine.

* The NCAA women's basketball championship committee announced the neutral sites of Oklahoma City, Sacramento, Greensboro and Albany will host the 2015 regionals.

The first two rounds again will be played on campus sites with the top 16 seeded teams in the tournament hosting the sub-regionals. The Final Four will be played in Tampa.

The committee received criticism from some coaches about the move to have regionals on campus for this season's tournament. Stanford, Notre Dame, Louisville and Nebraska will host games in March with the chance to go to the Final Four on the line.