Arizona got a balanced scoring effort on their way to an 85-70 win over Long Beach State at McKale Center.
The Wildcats were led by freshman Allonzo Trier, who had 20 points on just 5 of 9 field goal attempts. He hit 3 of five from beyond the three point line and 7 of 8 from the free throw line in an extremely efficient performance. Trier also continued his improved defensive play with 3 steals and was once again a terror in transition.
Ryan Anderson was also excellent, as Arizona fans have come to expect. Anderson had 11 points and 14 rebounds, and has been the Wildcats’ most aggressive and active player near the rim this season.
Arizona hit 9 three pointers, with 5 different players hitting a triple. Three of those players made multiple long distance attempts, with Gabe York and Mark Tollefsen converting two apiece.
York and Tollefsen both had 12 points. They were a combined 8 of 8 from the free throw line, and also contributed 5 assists between the two of them. Tollefsen has shown an increased comfort level in a reserve role and has provided a big spark off the bench since taking on a new offensive responsibility.
Dusan Ristic continued to be an offensive spark, scoring 4 of 5 field goal attempts on his way to 11 points. Ristic opened the 2nd half with three baskets, and helped set the tone for Arizona as they carved out a win down the stretch.
The Wildcats were excellent from the free throw line, where they hit 28 of 32 (87.5%) attempts. They also outrebounded Long Beach State 40-20, and otherwise proved too physically talented for The Beach to overcome.