There was no let down coming off Arizona’s stellar performance against Michigan on Saturday, as the Wildcats dismantled the Oakland Grizzlies 101-64.
“I give our players a lot of credit, it’s a difficult time for them with finals and final papers,” Sean Miller said. “From that perspective I’m very proud of our focus.”
Arizona was on point from the start, using stifling defense to amass a 33-8 lead after the first 13 minutes of play.
Stanley Johnson led the team with 18 points on 7 of 14 shooting. Johnson bullied his way to the rim numerous times and simply could not be stopped.
Junior Brandon Ashley also continued his solid play, scoring 15 points on 5 of 7 shooting. He also pulled down a team high 8 rebounds while converting two three pointers as well.
“My teammates continue to look for me and put me in position to score,” Ashley said.
Freshman Craig Victor was active, scoring 9 points in 10 minutes. Arizona’s bench contributed 37 points.
The Wildcats shot the ball well again tonight, hitting 33 of 60 (55%) field goal attempts.
TJ McConnell had 10 assists and 5 rebounds in just 26 minutes, and played stellar defense with 3 steals. Junior gabe York chipped in 15 points including 7 of 8 from the free throw line, while center Kaleb Tarczewski converted 5 of 8 shots for 12 points and 7 rebounds.
Arizona never trailed, and the game was tied for just 13 seconds.
“You can see we have more of a confidence, more cohesion,” Miller said.