Freshman Stanley Johnson shot 7-10 from the field for a team high 17 points as the Wildcats notched their second win of the season 86-68 over Cal St Northridge.
Arizona was a scorching 28-52 (53.8%) from the field, including 8-18 from beyond the arc. Johnson was one of three Wildcats to hit multiple three’s, along with Gabe York and Elliott Pitts.
“First half we did an exception job of guarding,” Sean Miller said. “But in the second half Maxwell dominated the action on their end. If you look at it we gave them 23 points in the first half, and they scored 45 in the second.”
“But for the most part, we’ll take it, learn from it, and grow,” Miller added.
Junior Brandonly Ashley chipped in 13 points on just 4 shots, including 7 attempts from the free throw line. Ashley played a team high 28 minutes, while 8 Arizona players received double digit minutes.
TJ McConnell had a game high 8 assists, as well as 7 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 steals in just 23 minutes.
“I thought Rondae Hollis-Jefferson was the best player on our team tonight,” Miller said. “He spear-headed a lot of good stuff for our team tonight.”
Sophomore Rondae Hollis-Jefferson came off the bench again with a sore shoulder, but was his usual active self with 14 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, and a steal with yet another highlight reel dunk.
“I have no problem with it, there’s nothing wrong with coming off the bench,” Hollis-Jefferson said.
“I might have the most energy in the country when it comes to going out there and giving it my all,” he added, “Teams need that spark.”
Once again freshman Parker Jackson-Cartwright played solid backup minutes at point guard, showing early that he is capable of running the team. Jackson-Cartwright finished with 7 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, and 0 turnovers in 14 minutes.
Pitts also provided a bench spark with 3-5 shooting and smart passing. Pitts played 16 minutes after playing 17 minutes in the last contest, earning valuable playing time and his coach’s trust. The sophomore finished with a career high 10 points.
“Guarding Stan and Rondae and Gabe all summer long, it really helped me,” Pitts said after the game.
“The two games we’ve played so far, I thought Elliott was an A last time and an A tonight,” Miller said. “I’m really pleased with him.”
“When you work hard in practice, you get rewarded,” Hollis-Jefferson said about the bench players. “They go hard.”