A pesky Bradley team kept the game close through halftime, but ultimately Arizona wore their opponent down in a 90-60 win. The Wildcats are now 2-0 on the season.
After having a rough debut against Pacific, freshman Allonzo Trier was the best player on the court. The explosive guard attacked the rim fiercely on his way to hitting 14 of 14 free throws. He was also extremely efficient with 22 points on 4 of 5 field goal shooting and 0 turnovers in 23 minutes. Trier also had 5 rebounds and a steal.
Aside from his obvious scoring ability, Trier showed that he could grab rebounds and push the break, a skill that could add a dangerous element to this Arizona offense.
Ryan Anderson was once again solid, scoring 15 points on 4 of 4 shooting. Like Trier, Anderson attacked the basket and earned 12 free throw attempts, converting 7. Anderson was active on defense with 3 steals and showed the same kind of intensity and fundamental play that he did in Arizona’s opener.
The Wildcat bench came up big, scoring 44 points. After Trier, sophomore Dusan Ristic chipped in 10 points while exploiting his size and footwork in the post.
Though sophomore Parker Jackson-Cartwright came off the bench, he started the second half and finished with 6 points, 6 assists, and just 1 turnover. Between Jackson-Cartwright and Kadeem Allen, Arizona has two solid options at the point guard position.
The Wildcats also got a play making boost from Elliott Pitts, who had 7 assists in 20 minutes. Arizona will rely on Pitts for his versatility and his ability to contribute in three point shooting, passing, and defense depending on what the game requires.
Arizona hit 25 of 46 (54.3%) field goal attempts and 5 of 14 (35.7%) three point attempts, but made just 35 of a whopping 52 free throw attempts.
The Wildcats were able to manufacture their offense, forcing 17 points off of 13 turnovers while scoring 36 points in the paint. Arizona also extended possessions with 9 offensive rebounds.