The Wildcats returned to form in a 99-67 thrashing of the Washington Huskies, previously undefeated in conference play. The Wildcats turned on the Jets in the second half, torching UW 55-26 in the second period.
Ryan Anderson led the way for Arizona with 21 points to go along with 9 rebounds. Anderson was aggressive to start the game and kept the Wildcats afloat in the first half when the score was so close. Anderson was 7 of 9 from the free throw line and had 4 of his rebounds come on the offensive glass.
Kadeem Allen had an efficient game, hitting all four of his shots from the field, including 2 of 2 from beyond the three point line. Allen also had 4 assists and a steal in just 23 minutes.
Senior Kaleb Tarczewski looked increasingly comfortable in his fourth game back from injury, double-doubling with 16 points and 13 rebounds in just 17 minutes.
Parker Jackson-Cartwright was on fire as a distributor, dishing out 11 assists off the bench in 23 minutes. Most impressively, he committed just 1 turnover.
Arizona had 26 bench points and 24 points off turnovers. Freshman Justin Simon contributed 9 of those points in just 16 minutes, but also committed 4 turnovers. Simon is rapidly improving as he finds his comfort zone, and could prove to be an asset off the bench as the season wears on.
Mark Tollefsen came alive from deep, converting all three of his three pointers. Tollefsen started the game in the absence of Allonzo Trier, who will miss several weeks with a broken hand.
Seven different Wildcats logged 20+ minutes, and seven players also scored 8 or more points. While no player has emerged as an every game go-to scorer, Arizona’s depth is proving to be a major weapon.