Arizona had no trouble defeating Missouri, cruising to an 88-52 win at McKale Center. The Wildcats were led by Gabe York, Allonzo Trier, and Ryan Anderson while also getting contributions from the reserves in a blowout victory.
York had 16 points on some brilliant shooting, converting 4 of 5 from the field and 3 of 4 from beyond the arc. He also made 5 of 5 free throws while contributing 2 assists and was once again one of Arizona’s main offensive options.
Trier has been more and more comfortable in recent games, and he attacked the rim fiercely on his way to 15 points. The star freshman made 5 of 7 field goals, including 2 of 3 from the three point line. If Trier’s perimeter shooting continues to be solid, he will be one of the Wildcats’ best weapons. Trier played 28 minutes and continues to gain the trust of head coach Sean Miller.
Arizona’s most consistent player has been forward Ryan Anderson, who came through with 14 points and 9 rebounds. Anderson hit a three pointer and contributed 2 steals, once again showing the high motor that has made him so effective for Arizona this season.
The Wildcats benefitted from 31 bench points, with Mark Tollefeson scoring 17 on 7 of 10 shooting. Tollefsen looked more comfortable in a reserve role and provided great energy off the bench.
Freshman Justin Simon also made a splash off the bench, scoring 10 points in 16 minutes. His athleticism and speed were on display, as he notched 3 steals and 3 offensive rebounds. Still a raw prospect, Simon projects to be a force as he develops over the next few years.
Arizona jumped out to an early lead, and they never trailed. The game was tied for just 19 seconds before the Wildcats raced ahead of Missouri with some hot shooting early on.
The team played solid defense, limiting Missouri to 17 of 56 (30.4%) shooting from the field. The Wildcats also did not yield a double digit scorer for the Tigers.