The Wildcats played the part of the 2 seed, destroying 15 seed Texas Southern 93-72. Arizona was led by Ronade Hollis-Jefferson, who put up 23 points and 10 rebounds, both team highs.
Hollis-Jefferson also shot the ball well, hitting 7 of 9 shots from the field and 9 of 10 from the free throw line. The sophomore was all over the glass, collecting four offensive rebounds.
Stanley Johnson also shot the ball well, converting 8 of 11 shots. He was red hot from deep, hitting 4 of 5 three point attempts. He played a great all around game, with 2 assists, 2 steals, and a block.
Arizona’s hot shooting was too much for Texas Southern, who conceded 32 of 53 field goal attempts, or 60.4%. The Wildcats also took care of business from the free throw line, converting a sparkling 24 of 27 tries.
Texas Southern was outmatched on the glass, losing the rebounding battle 35-19. Arizona’s defense also did a good job of forcing Texas Southern into one on one play, as the Tigers had just 5 assists as a team.
Senior guard TJ McConnell paced the Wildcats with 12 points and 4 assists. He also was a force on defense, stripping opponents for 4 steals.
It was the first time all season that Arizona had two 20 points scorers, and the entire starting five scored 12 or more points.
Next up for Arizona is a Saturday matchup with either 7 seed VCU or 10 seed Ohio State.