Despite struggling with turnovers, Arizona hung on to beat UTEP 60-55 in the Wildcats’ first road game of the season.
After playing nearly flawless basketball for the first 10 minutes of the game, Arizona suddenly looked like a different team. The last 30 minutes of the game were marked by offensive miscues and empty possessions. The Wildcats turned the ball over 17 times.
Freshman Stanley Johnson was once again the offense spark, leading the team with 17 points. He also hit 3 of 4 from beyond the arc, while grabbing six rebounds.
Johnson continues to improve on the defensive end, recording 4 steals through aggressive man to man defense.
TJ McConnell had a better offensive game, hitting 4 of 8 shots for 9 points. He also dished out 8 assists and grabbed 7 rebounds, both team highs.
Free throw shooting was once again a weakness for Arizona, hitting just 15 of 26 (57.7%) from the line. Had UTEP capitalized on more of their chances, the Wildcats’ missed opportunities at the line could have cost them.
McConnell, Johnson, Brandon Ashley, and Kaleb Tarczewski all played 30 or more minutes in a game where Arizona couldn’t use their depth as much.
When UTEP’s Vince Hunter fouled out with more than nine minutes left, the entire game changed. Hunter was abusing Arizona, recording 18 points and 12 rebounds before heading to the bench.
Arizona moves to 12-0, and faces another road test at UNLV on Tuesday.