Arizona dominated an outmatched Utah Valley 87-56, bringing them to 9-0 on the season. The Wildcats feasted in the blowout, giving many reserve players extended run.
After struggling to shoot the ball against Gonzaga, Arizona converted 31 of 52 (59.6%) field goal attempts against the Wolverines. Stanley Johnson led Arizona with 14 points on 5 of 7 shooting, filling up the box score with 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals, and a block.
Johnson wasn’t the only one putting up numbers, as sophomore Rondae Hollis-Jefferson logged a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Both Johnson and Hollis-Jefferson played just 21 minutes each.
But the story of the night was Arizona’s bench, who got to see more time due to the blow out. Freshman Dusan Ristic was impressive with 13 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 blocks on 5 of 6 shooting. Ristic played 18 minutes, while fellow freshman Parker Jackson-Cartwright played 23 minutes for 7 points and 3 assists on 3 of 4 shooting.
“He’s certainly talented around the basket,” Sean Miller said of Ristic. “His offense is ahead of his defense, scoring comes easy to him.”
Miller was effusive with praise for the Serbian 7-footer, saying that he has great potential in the program and his future career.
“His greatest attribute is his work ethic, he works as hard as anyone in the program,” Miller said.
Miller was also complimentary of Jackson-Cartwright, who committed just 1 turnover despite playing extended minutes.
“Parker has tremendous poise and command of the game,” Miller said. “For him to have 23 assists to 4 turnovers, that’s terrific.”
Arizona forced 18 turnovers, while scoring 12 transition points. The Wildcats were in command the entire game, leading for a total of 34 minutes.
The Wildcats face off next against Michigan on Saturday at 3:15 MST.